South America a new COVID epicenter, Africa reaches 100,000 cases

Elias Hubbard
May 23, 2020

A probe into the World Health Organisation's handling of the coronavirus outbreak has been backed by all members states as the USA renewed its severe criticism of the global health body.

This was announced today by the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

World Health Organization says it continues to offer support to Bangladesh and India to tackle both COVID-19 and the effects of the super cyclone.

Washington said Taiwan's continued exclusion "further damages the WHO's credibility and effectiveness".

The WHO was also getting to grips with US President Donald Trump's reform ultimatum, giving the organisation 30 days to overhaul its operations otherwise its biggest contributor would freeze its funding and consider pulling out altogether.

"Doctors try to save each one who lies there for two, three or more weeks. unfortunately it's not possible to save them all", Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said.

The resolution also calls for the world to ensure "transparent, equitable and timely access" to any treatments or vaccines, and pushes for the WHO to investigate the "source of the virus and the route of introduction to the human population".

"We applaud the call for an impartial, independent, and comprehensive review, to be undertaken in consultation with member states, and urge that work begin now", Giroir wrote.

He said an independent evaluation, which would look at what lessons could be learned and put forward any recommendations, would take place "at the earliest opportunity". "In America, we need more prayer, not less".

He also rejected the notion that the draft resolution was equivalent to Australia's call for an independent worldwide investigation into the pandemic, something Chinese authorities oppose.

Mr Ghebreyesus said the resolution by the World Health Assembly on Tuesday sets out a clear roadmap of the critical activities and actions that must be taken to sustain and accelerate the response at the national and global levels. Meanwhile, Ryan said reviews are usually done after emergencies are over.

The resolution, co-sponsored by more than 130 countries, was adopted by consensus.

In a joint statement on Tuesday, Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne and the country's Minister for Health Greg Hunt hailed the adoption of the "landmark resolution".

Trump said on Thursday that the USA would not close if a second wave of COVID-19 comes. In contrast, CGTN has been unable to find a single credible figure from the scientific community who believes COVID-19 was artificially created.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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