Geneva: The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday criticized its early response to the coronavirus crisis. The organization conducted an independent review of the global response to the pandemic on Thursday.
Announcing the assessment, which will be presented next May, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it should help the world understand how to prevent such crises in the future.
The independent panel on pandemic preparedness and response will be led by New Zealand’s former Prime Minister Helen Clark and former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Silif.
“Through you, the world will understand the truth of what happened and also the solutions to build our future better as one humanity,” Tedros said at the UN agency s headquarters in Geneva.
At the last conference in May, WHO member states agreed to a resolution proposed by the European Union, which called for a “fair, independent, and comprehensive assessment… to review what was obtained from the international health response coordinated by WHO Lessons learned. New Coronavirus Pneumonia (COVID-19): New Coronary Pneumonia (COVID-19): COVID-19”.
It said the investigation should probe “the actions of WHO and their time-lines pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic”.
At that time, WHO was under attack by US President Donald Trump. Donald Trump threatened to withdraw his membership in Washington, accusing the agency of sabotaging the epidemic and calling it “China’s up”.
The United States officially began withdrawing troops from WHO on Tuesday, making up for Trump’s threat to deprive the United Nations’ largest donor.
Public health advocates and Trump’s political opponents expressed indignation at the move.