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

Cheryl Sanders
May 23, 2020

The outbreak was first reported in Wuhan, a Chinese city, in December and has spread across 188 countries.

The US remains the worst-hit country, with more than 1.5m cases and 92,000 deaths so far.

He stated that the world still had a long way to go in this pandemic as there were 106,000 cases reported to WHO in the last 24 hours, the most in a single day since the outbreak began.

However, Mr Ghebreyesus is concerned about the rising numbers of cases in low- and middle-income countries. Peru, Mexico and Chile have also seen steady increases in infections.

And like United States President Donald Trump, he has promoted the use of anti-malaria drugs against the virus. The US President has said he is taking hydroxychloroquine to prevent coronavirus infection despite studies showing they have no benefit and could have risky side effects.

The WHO Director General observed that COVID-19 was not the only challenge the world was facing, but he pandemic taught and informed many lessons that health was not a cost but an investment.

This week Trump threatened to withdraw from the World Health Organization and permanently withhold funding.

Anchor: Instead of taking part in the latest World Health Organization's annual assembly, U.S. President Donald Trump recently sent a letter to the United Nations health agency, threatening to halt funding and sever its membership.

Tedros said an assessment had already been made in another independent report.

We, of course, note that Professor Winston Davidson of the School of Public Health and Health Technology, at the University of Technology, Jamaica, has congratulated the "WHO and its professional and technical experts for its indefatigable scientific, evidence-based, data-driven, fact-based, peer-reviewed scientific work", in a letter to the editor in Tuesday's edition of the newspaper.

". Much of the USA funding that reaches us here actually goes directly out in the emergency program to humanitarian health operations all over the world in all sorts of fragile and hard settings and it's of the order of 200 million or 100 million a year, which is actually the greatest proportion of funding that we receive from WHO within the emergencies program".

The United States has time and again criticized the World Health Organization for being "China centric" and the way it has handled the coronavirus pandemic.

As WHO convened ministers of health from nearly every country in the world, the consistent message throughout the two-day meeting-including from the 14 heads of state participating in the opening and closing sessions -was that global unity is the most powerful tool to combat the outbreak. He said he was committed to accountability and would carry out a review into the response to the pandemic.

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