May 2, 2020
This year, the World Health Assembly will open on Monday, May 18, 2020, and to take place virtually with the main agenda would be devoted largely to debate the global COVID-19 pandemic. In the 73rd session of the one-day virtual WHA, 10 new members of the WHO’s 34-member governing body, the Executive Board (EB) will be elected.
“The current COVID-19 pandemic and related public health restrictions preclude the feasibility of holding the governing body meetings scheduled for May 2020 in their traditional format,” states an excerpt of the draft proposal for the WHA meeting, obtained by Health Policy Watch. “At the same time, convening WHA73 in May would afford Member States the opportunity to collectively address the single most pressing global health issue in a moment of crisis and effectively build global solidarity and strengthen the response.”
The proposed agenda would “provide crucial international focus on Covid-19 while recognizing that consideration the nearly 60 items on the full WHA73 agenda would not be appropriate at this time,” states the proposal by the WHO senior leadership for the virtual meeting. The proposal has been under review by the WHO Executive Board – and would become operative by tonight if no EB member opposition has been expressed.
On May 4, the European Commission will also host a fundraiser that aims to raise 7.5 Billion Euros to support broad access to COVID-19 health products as well as to prop up the WHO’s efforts to coordinate and lead the response.
Please mainly refer to the World Health Organization’s websites and documentation: