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Corona pandemic to take centre stage in WHO's health assembly

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Health Desk- May 18, 2020: Global health leaders are set to call for an independent review into the international response to the Covid-19 pandemic at a meeting this week.

Representatives from 194 of the World Health Organization's member states will meet virtually for the 73rd annual World Health Assembly.

The coronavirus pandemic will take centre stage.

Questions will be raised over how the virus has infected more than 4.5 million, and killed more than 300,000.

Each year, countries come together at the assembly to review the work of the UN's health agency, and set its priorities for the coming year.

The European Union is expected to lead an international call, alongside countries including the UK, Australia and New Zealand, for an inquiry into how the global pandemic has been handled and what lessons can be learned.

EU spokeswoman Virginie Battu-Henriksson said several key questions needed to be answered as part of any review.

"How did this pandemic spread? What is the epidemiology behind it? All this is absolutely crucial for us going forward. to avoid another pandemic of this kind."

But, she said, now was not the time to enter "any sort of blame game".

The World Health Organization is likely to come under a lot of pressure over its handling of the pandemic at the meeting.