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WHO: Review committee to begin work on Covid-19 response


To evaluate the functioning of the Review Committee of the International Health Regulations (IHR) during the COVID-19 pandemic so far, the IHR Review Committee will begin its work on Tuesday, said the World Health Organization (WHO).

In a statement given at a virtual press conference, the WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said:  “The International Health Regulations is the most important legal instrument in global health security. As a reminder, the review committee will evaluate the functioning of the IHR during the pandemic so far, and recommend any changes it believes are necessary.”

He also said that, “It will review the convening of the Emergency Committee, the declaration of a public health emergency of international concern, the role and functioning of national IHR focal points, and will examine the progress made in implementing the recommendations of previous International Health Regulations review committees.”

Based on the outcome of the review, the committee is likely to present an interim progress report to the resumed World Health Assembly in November, and a final report to the Assembly in May next year.

The review committee, says the WHO’s website, is going to hold its first meeting very soon. It is co-chaired by former Prime Minister of New Zealand Helen Clark and former President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Among its members would be respiratory disease specialist Zhong Nanshan of China. The number of global coronavirus cases has topped 27.2 million, while the deaths have increased to over 891,000. Data on Tuesday morning shows that the total number of cases stood at 27,002,224 and the fatalities rose to 882,053, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

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