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Bangladesh recommends strengthening WHO to counter a COVID-19 like disaster

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  • 1st December, 2021 06:03:40 PM
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Bangladesh recommends strengthening WHO to counter a COVID-19 like disaster

Bangladesh has recommended to strengthen the global health structure particularly, the World Health Organization (WHO) with a view to countering the disasters like the COVID-19 pandemic.

 Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to UN in Geneva Md. Mustafizur Rahman said this in his statement in the ongoing Special Session of the World Health Assembly.

A three-day long Special Session is being held focusing on finalizing the decision on crafting a new instrument to counter the present and future pandemics in light with the experience of the world community in countering the COVID-19 pandemic, said the Bangladesh Mission on Wednesday (Dec 1). 

The Ambassador of Bangladesh stressed to include in the instrument among others, to ensure waiver of intellectual property rights, enhancement of capacities, sharing of technology, financial assistance etc. for the developing countries.

It is expected that in the beginning of the next year, the process of negotiation on crafting a new instrument on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response will take place. The Special Session will come up with a guidance on this.