WHO / WORLD HEALTH ASSEMBLY

19-May-2020 00:03:04
The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Director-General, Tedros Ghebreyesus, thanked Member States for adopting a resolution, “which calls for an independent and comprehensive evaluation of the international response – including, but not limited to, WHO’s performance.” WHO
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STORY: WHO / WORLD HEALTH ASSEMBLY
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SOURCE: WHO
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DATELINE: 19 MAY 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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FILE – GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Tilt up, WHO headquarters exterior

19 MAY 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Various shots, World Health Assembly participants
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“I thank Member States for adopting the resolution, which calls for an independent and comprehensive evaluation of the international response – including, but not limited to, WHO’s performance. As I said yesterday, I will initiate such an evaluation at the earliest appropriate moment. We welcome any initiative to strengthen global health security, and to strengthen WHO.”
4. Wide shot, Dr. Tedros at the podium
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“We will continue providing strategic leadership to coordinate the global response and support the efforts by the countries. We’ll continue providing the world with epidemiological information and analysis. We’ll continue to keep the world informed and give people and communities the information they need to keep themselves and each other safe. We’ll continue shipping diagnostics, personal protective equipment and other medical supplies all over the world.”
6. Med shot, delegate
7. Wide shot, Dr. Tedros at the podium
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“We’ll continue bringing together leading experts from around the world to develop technical advice, based on the best science. We’ll continue driving research and development to develop evidence about vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics. We’ll continue working with countries and all relevant partners to ensure equitable access to the tools to prevent, detect and treat COVID-19.”
9. Med shot, delegates
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“COVID-19 has robbed us of people we love. It’s robbed us of lives and livelihoods. It’s shaken the foundations of our world. It threatens to tear at the fabric of international cooperation. But it’s also reminded us that for all our differences, we are one human race, and we are stronger together.”
9. Wide shot, delegates
STORYLINE
The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Director-General, Tedros Ghebreyesus, today (19 May) thanked Member States for adopting a resolution, “which calls for an independent and comprehensive evaluation of the international response – including, but not limited to, WHO’s performance.”

Dr Tedros said he will initiate such an evaluation “at the earliest appropriate moment.”

Addressing the World Health Assembly in Geneva, the Director-General said the WHO “will continue providing strategic leadership to coordinate the global response and support the efforts by the countries” and will continue “providing the world with epidemiological information and analysis.”

He said, “We’ll continue to keep the world informed and give people and communities the information they need to keep themselves and each other safe. We’ll continue shipping diagnostics, personal protective equipment and other medical supplies all over the world.”

Dr Tedros said, “We’ll continue bringing together leading experts from around the world to develop technical advice, based on the best science. We’ll continue driving research and development to develop evidence about vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics. We’ll continue working with countries and all relevant partners to ensure equitable access to the tools to prevent, detect and treat COVID-19.”

To conclude, he said, “COVID-19 has robbed us of people we love. It’s robbed us of lives and livelihoods. It’s shaken the foundations of our world. It threatens to tear at the fabric of international cooperation. But it’s also reminded us that for all our differences, we are one human race, and we are stronger together.”

The 73rd session of the Assembly – which is the decision-making body of the WHO - is being held virtually over two days – instead of the usual two weeks, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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