Geneva: The World Health Organization will hold its first virtual rally in history on Monday, but is concerned that tensions between China and the United States may derail the powerful actions required to resolve the COVID-19 crisis.
The World Health Assembly has shrunk from the usual three weeks to two days on Monday and Tuesday, and is expected to focus almost exclusively on COVID-19, which has killed more than 310,000 people worldwide and infected 470 in just a few months Million.
It is expected that many heads of state, government, health ministers and other dignitaries will attend the meeting, which is scheduled to begin around noon on Monday.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday that the event will be “one of the most important events since its establishment in 1948.”
However, the deteriorating relationship between the two largest economies in the world in a pandemic may threaten the chance of reaching agreement on global measures to resolve the crisis.
US President Donald Trump threatened last week that due to its role in the spread of the COVID-19 virus, relations with China began to erupt at the end of last year.
He also suspended funding for WHO because of the initial underestimation of the severity of the epidemic, and expressed condolences to Beijing.
Despite tensions, countries still hope to adopt a resolution by consensus, urging a common response to this pandemic.
The European Union ’s resolution called for a “fair, independent and comprehensive assessment” of the international response to the COVID crisis.
Nora Kronig, head of the International Affairs Department of the Swiss Public Health Office, said that after “difficult” negotiations, the consultation on the text ended last week.
A few days later, an interim resolution was reached to approve the resolution, which also called for more equitable access to tests, medical equipment, potential treatments, and possible future vaccines.