A total of 62 countries including India have demanded independent inquiry into the WHO’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a draft resolution proposed for the 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA) meeting beginning today. These countries have supported a joint effort by Australia and European Union which have been demanding an impartial probe.
As per a ANI report, the draft calls for an inquiry into the actions of the World Health Organization (WHO) and “their timelines pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“Initiate, at the earliest appropriate moment, and in consultation with the Member States a step wise process of impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation, including using existing Mechanisms, as appropriate, to review experience gained and lessons learned from the WHO-coordinated international health response to COVID-19,” the draft report reads as per the report
Last month, Australia was the first country to call for an independent inquiry into how the coronavirus started.
Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said allowing the WHO to investigate the outbreak “strikes me as a bit poacher and gamekeeper,” ABC reported.
“This is about collaborating to equip the international community to better prevent or counter the next pandemic and keep our citizens safe,” Payne was quoted as saying.