Last updated: Wednesday May 20, 2020 KSA 11:37 – GMT 08:37
Posted on: Wednesday May 20, 2020 KSA 06:03 – GMT 03:03
Source: Arabic.Net – Agencies
Amidst the globally heated race to fight the epidemic that has swept hundreds of countries, leaving more than 320,000 dead, the World Health Organization stressed the need for cooperation between countries to combat the Corona virus.
In a speech at the end of the work of the World Health Assembly, which was held over the past two days, the Director-General of the organization, Tedros Adhanum Gebresos, said on Tuesday evening that the focus will be on pandemic control and saving lives using all available tools.
He also stressed the need to obtain a vaccine in a fair and affordable manner. He also emphasized leadership in research and development for vaccines, diagnosis and treatment.
Although the new virus threatens to tear the fabric of international cooperation, Tedros said it also reminds us that despite our differences, we are one human race, and our strength stems from our work together.
Moreover, he believed that “the coming days may be difficult and gloomy, but under the guidance of science, we will overcome it together.”
He added: “Let hope be an antidote to fear, and solidarity an antidote to division. Our common humanity is an antidote to our common threat.”
Evaluating the performance of the organization
It is reported that at the conclusion of a historic international meeting, the 194 member states of the world body adopted a unanimous resolution calling for an “independent assessment” of the international response to the Covid 19 pandemic.
The resolution, whose project was submitted by 130 countries, was adopted at the conclusion of the seventy-third sessions of the World Health Assembly, which was held by default this year, due to the spread of the Coruna virus.
The resolution called for intensified efforts to control the pandemic, equitable access to all basic health technologies and products and their equitable distribution to combat the virus.
He also called for an independent and comprehensive assessment of the global response, including, but not limited to, the performance of the World Health Organization.
In addition, the member states participating in the seventy-third session of the World Health Assembly agreed on the need to obtain a “fair and affordable” vaccine in the future.
It agreed with the decision stating that all future access to vaccines and other medicines will be prompt and fair to all, of quality, safe and affordable.