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