(Singapore, May 19, 2020) Chinese President Xi Jinping has said in his address to the World Health Assembly on Monday that China would support a “comprehensive review” of the global response to Covid-19 when the pandemic was over.
However, China did not give its backing to an EU-led draft resolution calling for an independent investigation into the WHO’s performance, he said.

“The work should be based on science and professionalism led by the WHO and conducted in an objective and impartial manner,” he said. “We must strengthen global governance in public health.

President Xi Jinping speaks via video link to the World Health Assembly on Monday Source: AFP

Xi said China has acted with transparency and “done everything in our power” to help other countries.

He also called for global support of the World Health Organisation, as the agency confronts funding cuts from the United States.
“In view of the weaknesses and deficiencies exposed by Covid-19, we need to improve the governance system for public health security. We need to respond more quickly to public health emergencies.”

Xi also announced that China would allocate US$2 billion over two years to help affected countries, especially developing nations, to respond to Covid-19.

Xi said China is willing to work with the United Nations to set up a global humanitarian response hub in China, and make Chinese-developed vaccines for the benefit of all.

“Covid-19 vaccine development and deployment in China, when available, will be made a global public good,” he said. “This will be China’s contribution to ensuring vaccine accessibility and affordability in developing countries.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told the meeting that the coronavirus pandemic would be overcome more quickly if the world worked together to tackle it, adding that it was necessary to look at whether the WHO’s processes could be improved.

“The World Health Organisation is the legitimate, global institution where all the threads come together. Because that is the case we have to keep looking at how we can further improve its functioning,” she said.