E.U. Draft Proposal On WHO Reform Urges Transparency In Handling Of Disease Outbreaks; China Signals Desire To Take Active Role In Reform Process

Reuters: Exclusive: In WHO overhaul push, E.U. urges changes to handling of pandemics
“The European Union wants the World Health Organization to become more transparent about how states report emerging health crises, a draft proposal on reforming the U.N. agency says, following criticism of China’s initial handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The paper, drawn up by the German government after discussions with other member states, is the latest to outline the E.U.’s months-long plans to address the WHO’s shortcomings on funding, governance, and legal powers…” (Guarascio et al., 10/22).

Reuters: China wants to take active role in WHO reform process: foreign ministry
“China’s foreign ministry said Beijing wants to take an active role in the World Health Organization reform process…” (Crossley/Woo, 10/22).

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