May 25, 2020 | 12:19 PM IST
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India joins global probe seeking WHO’s role in pandemic

India has backed a group of 62 nations seeking an ‘impartial, independent, and comprehensive evaluation’ in the role of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the ongoing pandemic. The draft resolution of the same will be proposed in the two-day 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA) meeting commencing today. The WHA is the decision-making body of the WHO which is attended by the United Nation’s 194 member states.

This is for the first time that India has cleared its stand on the Novel Coronavirus outbreak which has infected over 48,05,117 persons and claimed over 316,730 lives globally. Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in the virtual G20 Summit held in March had supported revamping of the global health body and underlined the need for transparency and accountability.
The draft was prepared after Australia called for an independent inquiry in April on how the pandemic started.  Soon the European nations joined Australia in its endeavour.
The proposed draft report reads, “Initiate, at the earliest appropriate moment, and in consultation with the Member States a stepwise process of impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation, including using existing Mechanisms, as appropriate, to review experience gained and lessons learned from the WHO-coordinated international health response to COVID-19.”
The proposed draft stated that countries across the globe were not satisfied with the explanations provided by the organisation and has made it clear that the intention was not to target the WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The draft has, however, sought details of actions from the WHO and its timelines with regards to the pandemic.

The United States and China have not yet joined the band of nations seeking the probe.

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