World Health Organization to set up independent inquiry into COVID-19 pandemic

WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Salvatore di Nolfi  EPA

WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Salvatore di Nolfi EPA

The European Union (EU), supported by the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand presented the resolution calling for an "impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation" of the global response, asking for focus on the WHO's "timelines pertaining to the Covid-19 pandemic" after charges that it was late to declare a health emergency.

According to Bain, the proposal to include Taiwan will be discussed by the WHO's General Committee, which would make recommendations for the next assembly session. During an appearance on "Bill Hemmer Reports" Thursday, Dr. Marc Siegel suggested that US officials should keep an eye on the spread of COVID-19 in South America.

The United States is the biggest contributor to the WHO's budget and has already suspended funding, accusing the organisation of severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the virus.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who has accused the agency of being "China centric", threatened in a tweeted letter to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Monday to permanently halt funding if the World Health Organization did not commit to improvements within 30 days, and to reconsider his country's membership of the agency.

Even so, she said, "we must not be lulled into complacency as our health systems are fragile and are less able to cope with a sudden increase in cases".

"We believe the WHO Secretariat can immediately initiate organizational processes for the review, pulling together independent public health experts and establishing terms of reference in keeping with the resolution, and it can do this in such a manner as to not interfere with WHO's pandemic response", Adm. Giroir wrote.

United Nations agency's chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that on Tuesday, there were "106,000 cases reported to World Health Organization - the most in a single day since the outbreak began" in December.

"As WHO, we would advise that for COVID-19, that these drugs be reserved for use within such trials", said Ryan. "We want accountability more than anyone".

It also calls for an independent and comprehensive evaluation of the global response, including, but not limited to WHO's performance.

As the WHO's Tedros warned: "Fake news spreads faster and more easily than this virus, and is just as unsafe".

"I want to stress that we welcome it if Australia changes its course, completely gives up its political maneuver and returns to the broad consensus of the worldwide community following the relevant WHA resolution", he added.

"There is also a clear mandate to identify the source of the COVID-19 virus and how it was transmitted to humans", the statement said.

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