USA urges World Health Organization begin independent review of COVID-19 management 'immediately'

Cheryl Sanders
May 23, 2020

He said the World Health Organization is actively providing assistance to the government of Brazil.

With its curve of infections and deaths rising sharply, the country of 210 million ranks third in the world in terms of total cases, behind the United States and Russian Federation.

"I hope the recommendations of the independent committee will be taken seriously by member states", he said.

And Brazil's health ministry recommended Wednesday using chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat even mild cases of COVID-19 - treatments President Jair Bolsonaro has pushed for despite the lack of conclusive evidence of their effectiveness. On Monday, the United States reported 22,813 new cases.

Nine African countries had 50 per cent increases in cases in the past week, while others have seen a decline or have stable rates, said Dr. Mike Ryan, WHO's top emergencies expert. He alleged a series of missteps and kowtows to China that World Health Organization had made in its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

He noted that the government of Brazil has approved the "broader" use of anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, which U.S. President Donald Trump has said he is now taking to defend against infection from Covid-19.

At the conference, Tedros anticipated countries will have to manage their activity around the coronavirus for the foreseeable future, with some experiencing a decline in the number of infections while in others the virus will resurge.

Mr. Tedros this week endorsed the rising calls for an inquiry into the origins and handling of the pandemic, and said it will happen "at the earlier appropriate moment".

Pressed on the ultimatum, Tedros said only: "We have received the letter and we are looking into it".

Tuesday's resolution underlines that the review of the WHO's performance must ultimately improve the global capacity for pandemic prevention, preparedness and response.

Dr. Mike Ryan, the WHO's executive director emergencies, spoke about the resolution adopted by the organization's 194 member states, including the USA, sponsored by the European Union on behalf of more than 100 countries, including Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Russia, South Africa, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and Turkey. "It has to be done and when it's done it has to be a comprehensive one", Tedros said of the review, not specifying when it would be done.

Sao Paolo has had 69,915 confirmed cases and 5,363 deaths during the pandemic. "I look at that as, in a certain respect, as being a good thing because it means our testing is much better", he said at the White House. The US ranks 16th global terms of tests per 1,000 people, ahead of South Korea.

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