COVID-19 stretched multilateralism: WHO chief
- 05 December 2020
The head of the World Health Organization told the UN General Assembly that the coronavirus pandemic stretched the fabric of multilateralism, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.
"In the past 75 years, the UN has had many successes and many challenges. But none more than the COVID-19 pandemic which has strained the very fabric of multilateralism," Tedros Ghebreyesus said via video link from Geneva.
He said the pandemic has demonstrated what the UN at its best can do and outlined a case for countries that have strong overall health systems best coping with the lethal virus.
The pandemic has shown what it is capable of at its best and worse, inspiring acts of compassion and self-sacrifice.
"It's taking feats of science and innovation, and heartwarming demonstrations of solidarity, but also disturbing signs of self-interest, blame-shifting, and division," according to Tedros, who aid many countries have succeeded in preventing or containing widespread transmission with proven public health measures.