73rd WHA adopts resolution on COVID-19 response

Added On May 20, 2020

The resolution was adopted by consensus and was co-sponsored by more than 130 countries, including the EU member states, Russia and China. It acknowledged the key leadership role of WHO and the fundamental role of the United Nations system in catalyzing and coordinating the comprehensive global response to the COVID-19 pandemic. "WHO's focus now is fighting the pandemic with every tool at our disposal...We will continue providing strategic leadership to coordinate the global response, and support efforts by countries." The resolution called for the intensification of efforts to control the pandemic, and for equitable access to and fair distribution of all essential health technologies and products to combat the virus. It also called for an enhanced effort to identify the zoonotic source of the virus and the route of introduction to the human population as well as a comprehensive evaluation of the global response.