Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General announced the initiation of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response (IPPR) to evaluate the world’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is urged to analyse efforts of the world community in struggle against COVID-19.
Former prime minister of New Zealand Helen Clark and former president of Liberia, Nobel Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf become co-chairmen of the commission. They, in turn, will appoint other committee-men.
“This is a time for self-reflection, to look at the world we live in and to find ways to strengthen our collaboration as we work together to save lives and bring this pandemic under control,” – WHO head noted. – “The magnitude of this pandemic, which has touched virtually everyone in the world, clearly deserves a commensurate evaluation.”
The commission will present the intermediate report at the World Health Assembly which will pass in November. “Even as we fight this pandemic, we must be readying ourselves for future global outbreaks and the many other challenges of our time such as antimicrobial resistance, inequality and the climate crisis,” – WHO head underlined.