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WHO forms new panel for faster pandemic response, tackle shortcomings

WHO forms new panel for faster pandemic response, tackle shortcomings
  • The new resolution was passed unanimously during the 34-member board’s annual meeting.
  • The new panel will also overview WHO’s health emergency program during ordinary times.

The governing board of the World Health Organization (WHO) has reportedly agreed to form a new committee that would accelerate its response time during health emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is worth noting that the health agency has long faced criticism for its way of handling the Coronavirus outbreak. Some believe that the lack of response pace for early cases may have delayed detection, further allowing the virus to spread rapidly.

Moreover, few infectious disease experts have requested the WHO as well as worldwide governments to reinforce their response time and prevent repeating early shortcomings amidst the latest monkeypox outbreak. The new resolution, which was passed unanimously during the 34-member board annual meeting, will now form a new standing committee to address some of these perceived shortcomings.

Interestingly, formal WHO meetings are usually spaced months apart but under the new initiative, the panel would immediately meet if the director-general issued a PHEIC (Public Health Emergency of International Concern). This should call for additional funding, various public health measures, and other recommendations for quelling the disease's spread.

In this context, the one who proposed the new resolution Clemens Martin Auer claimed that this was one of the weakest points during the pandemic. Neither the governing bodies nor the member states found an opportunity to have quick consultations after COVID-19 was declared a public health emergency.

The new panel will also overview WHO’s health emergency program during ordinary times to ensure quick as well as a fit response when needed. Notably, the European Union, Japan, the U.K. as well as the U.S. were some of the co-sponsors of WHO’s new initiative.

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