Coronavirus: WHO sets up panel to review its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic

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The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Thursday that it was setting up an independent panel to review its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the response by governments.

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Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf have agreed to head the panel and chose its members, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual meeting with representatives of WHO’s 194 member states, which was webcast.

“This is a time for self-reflection,” Tedros said, noting that WHO’s member states in May called unanimously for an evaluation of the global response to the pandemic.

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