China’s influence over the UN (Gateway House)

The COVID19 crisis has thrown into stark relief the strategic influence China wields across various agencies of the United Nations, especially the WHO. This raises the question – will the UN, as an important supra-governmental body, be able retain impartiality in the post-covid world order?


COVID-19 reveals gaps in health systems: WHO Briefing (WEF)

  • The World Health Organization held a media briefing on 6 May to update the public on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
  • Major gaps in public health investment are undermining health and welfare around the globe, officials said.
  • Public health gaps are putting global security and economic development at risk and will need to be addressed in the long term.

Canada should end travesty of ‘WHO-bashing’ campaign (Global Times)

Canada recently joined a chorus initiated by the US questioning the WHO’s role in the global response to the COVID-19 epidemic. The Canadian House of Commons Health Committee on Thursday decided to issue a formal summons to Bruce Aylward, one of the World Health Organization’s Canadian senior advisers, to testify on the group’s “contested response” to COVID-19.

Why ‘shoe-leather’ contact tracing can’t be ignored: WHO COVID-19 briefing (WEF)

  • The World Health Organization held a media briefing on 4 May to update the public on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
  • New technologies can complement, not replace, “shoe-leather” contact tracing efforts.

Coronavirus: Public Health Emergency or Pandemic – Does Timing Matter? (Chatham House)

The World Health Organization (WHO) has been criticized for delaying its announcements of a public health emergency and a pandemic for COVID-19. But could earlier action have influenced the course of events?

Dr Charles Clift

Senior Consulting Fellow, Global Health Programme

WHO and President Trump on the Ledge (CSIS)

On April 14, President Trump abruptly announced that the United States would suspend its funding for the World Health Organization (WHO) for 60 to 90 days to conduct a review of the global public health authority’s handling of the Covid-19 response. The White House provided little detail on the review’s scope and process. In his announcement, President Trump accused WHO of “severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus” and” of being a de facto accomplice to a Chinese campaign of misinformation.