Tedros hails WHO ‘landmark resolution’ to accelerate COVID-19 response
(United Nations News) With “unprecedented solidarity”, the World Health Assembly adopted a “landmark resolution” on Tuesday, which sets out a “clear roadmap” of the actions needed to sustain and accelerate the COVID-19 response at both national and international levels, the UN health agency chief told a press briefing on Wednesday, the day after the meeting concluded.
“It assigns responsibilities for both the WHO [World Health Organization] and its member States, and captures the comprehensive whole of government and whole of society approach we have been calling for since the beginning of the outbreak”, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
“If implemented, this would ensure a more coherent, coordinated and fairer response that saves both lives and livelihoods”.
Among other things, the resolution underlines WHO’s key role in promoting access to safe, effective health technologies to fight the pandemic.
It also lifts barriers to effective vaccines, medicines and other health products.
“We call on all countries to join this initiative”, he asserted.
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