China's Xi says supports World Health Organization probe when COVID-19 controlled

China's Xi says supports World Health Organization probe when COVID-19 controlled”

The UK has signed up to support the inquiry and British Foreign Office spokesman said: "There will need to be a review into the pandemic, not least so that we can ensure we are better prepared for future global pandemics".

The president says that unless the WHO makes substantive changes, the USA may leave the organization and take away its funding permanently.

Australia's Foreign Minister Marise Payne, who led diplomatic efforts on the motion, said: "We're very encouraged by the growing levels of support for the comprehensive World Health Assembly motion".

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A resolution drafted by the European Union also called for an independent evaluation of the worldwide health response.

But since it is not a United Nations member, Taiwan required an invitation to attend the assembly as an observer - which was not forthcoming, despite a strong push in recent weeks with backing from the United States, Japan, New Zealand and others.

He, however, welcomed the call for an independent probe into the response to the pandemic saying learning was important.

'We all have lessons to learn from the pandemic.

Critics say Trump, who had earlier praised China's response, is trying to divert attention from his handling of the pandemic in the United States, which has suffered by far the highest death toll.

The review must encompass responsibility of "all actors in good faith", he added. He also encouraged worldwide leaders to collaborate with the World Health Organization to fight the pandemic, reported New Talk.

'This work needs a scientific and professional attitude, and needs to be led by the WHO.

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It warned that "rising politicisation of pandemic response" is impeding defeat of the virus, adding: "WHO can not succeed without unified global political support".

Tabled by the European Union, the resolution calls for an "impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation" of the global response to the coronavirus crisis.

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaking via video link on Monday.

He continued to fiercely defend China's response to the outbreak, calling the pandemic the most serious global public health emergency since the end of World War II.

He said that China, which has poured billions of dollars of investment into the continent in recent years, is helping to build a centers of disease control there using a cooperation mechanism with 30 African hospitals.

The WHO chief's remarks followed an address by Chinese President Xi Jinping who backed the review of global health response to Covid-19, but said such an evaluation should happen only after the pandemic was over.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, in opening the meeting on Monday, called the World Health Organization "irreplaceable" and condemned countries who failed to work together.

Beijing considers the autonomous island a province awaiting reunification and seeks to exclude it from all worldwide organisations.

Twenty-two nations - 14 of the 15 countries that recognize the Taipei government and a group of eight led by the US and Japan - had been forecast to back Taiwan's participation in a vote ahead of the meeting.

Taiwan's Presidential Office also expressed anger, saying the Taiwanese people have "the absolute right" to participate in the worldwide community and that the island would not bow to Chinese pressure.

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