Commentary: WHA provides opportunity to reaffirm solidarity in COVID-19 fight

Added On May 17, 2020

The upcoming 73rd session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) arrives at a critical juncture of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. 

China's Xinhua News Agency has published a commentary, saying it presents a valuable opportunity for the world to reaffirm solidarity in the battle to safeguard global health security.
The commentary says Since the establishment of the World Health Organization (WHO), the international community has successfully eliminated smallpox and curbed the spread of several infectious diseases. 
It says Global unity has played a key role in each successful bid to keep humanity safe, with governments and international organizations committed to multilateral cooperation within the United Nations (UN)-centered international system.
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This year marks the 40th anniversary of the elimination of smallpox. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said The legacy of smallpox was not only the eradication of one disease but also the demonstration that when the world unites, anything is possible.
The article adds That same solidarity and coordinated international efforts are needed now more than ever to defeat COVID-19.
It says The upcoming WHA serves as a precious opportunity to make it abundantly clear that the WHO's leading role in the global fight against COVID-19 must be strengthened rather than weakened. The WHO was, is, and will remain the backbone of the current pandemic control.