Reforms for the Global “Guardian of Public Health”

An independent review panel trained on the WHO found a “significant discrepancy between member states’ financial contributions and their expectations” and called for more reforms including an amped-up, multi-tiered early warning system for outbreaks, Reuters reports.

To be a true “guardian of public health,” the WHO needs reforms including “predictable, flexible funding,” according to the panel, chaired by Felicity Harvey, set to deliver findings to the World Health Assembly Monday.

The special session, called after the pandemic cut short its proceedings last May, will chart the COVID-19 response and highlight the importance of not backsliding on critical health goals, including the “triple billion” health targets by 2023, UN News reports,

Additionally, the UN General Assembly voted to convene a special high-level COVID-19 meeting December 3-4, according to the AP—a move Assembly President Volkan Bozkir called a “belated first step” to improve collective action on the crisis.

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