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Review Committee will start work on COVID-19 reaction: WHO

By Ishika Sahni

“Geneva, on September 8 the Review Committee of the International Health Regulations (IHR) will start its work on Tuesday to assess the functioning of the IHR during the COVID19 pandemic,” said Chief of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Xinhua news agency quoted World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as saying in a virtual press conference on Monday that “The International Health Regulations is the most important legal instrument in the global health security”. The review committee will assess the functioning of the IHR during this difficult time of pandemic and also can recommend the changes which will be necessary.

Tedros also said, “it will review the assembly of the Emergency Committee, the declaration of the public health emergency of the international concern, the duties and functioning of national IHR focal points, and will notice the progress made by the changes of the previous International Health Regulations review committee”.

The committee will also present an interim progress report to the restarted World Health Assembly in November and also a final report in May 2021. According to the WHO’S website, the review committee will soon hold its first meeting. New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will also co-chair the meeting. Coronavirus cases have globally topped to 27.2 million and the deaths have increased over 891,000.

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