London : On Friday, World Health Organisation (WHO) in order to monitor and review its coordination formed an independent panel in response to the escalation of Coronavirus Pandemic.
An independent panel appointed by WHO to review its coordination of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the names of the panel members announced.#CoronavirusPandemichttps://t.co/QOXVgGeUOL
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The independent Panel will be given full rights to access any internal UN agency documents, emails, necessary materials, reports to analyze the current situation and can suggest measures to better the world.
The Panel’s Co-Chairperson former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark along with 11 other members were present during media interaction.
The prestigious panel also includes Dr Joanne Liu who is a renowned critic of WHO, even after leading Medecins Sans Frontieres during the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Panel further includes Dr Zhong Nanshan, a renowned Chinese doctor. He was the first person to confirmly state that Coronavirus can spread through human-to-human transmission. Mark Dybul, who led Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. David Miliband, a former British foreign secretary who is CEO of the International Rescue Committee.
“We look forward to a period of intense work together at a key moment in history. We must honor the more than 25.6 million people known to have contracted the disease and the 850,000 and counting who have died from Covid-19,” Johnson Sirleaf said.
The Panel decided to have a meeting on September 17 and plans to meet after every six weeks. It is speculated that the Panel will meet in November before presenting final report next year. WHO requested all the members to meet and launch this panel on May.
The Organisation wanted to launch an investigation on how things like International response have been managed by WHO after US accused UN agencies of mishandling the initial phases of Coronavirus Pandemic and as well as colluding with China on hiding the extent of outbreak.
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