Germany’s health minister urged the World Health Organisation (WHO) to speed up its review of how it handled the pandemic, apparently signalling Europe’s tougher line on the United Nations body, APA reports citing Reuters.
Berlin, which holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, has so far largely shielded the organisation from the most intense criticism by Washington, which wants to leave the WHO because of its alleged excessive closeness to China.
But now Germany seems to be taking a more assertive position.
Spahn told reporters he had discussed the review of the WHO’s management of the crisis with its chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus twice over the last 20 days.
“In both conversations I encouraged him very clearly to launch this independent commission of experts and to expedite its launch,” Spahn said.
The WHO said last week it was setting up an independent panel to review its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the response by governments.