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Japan to request inquiry into WHO’s initial response to coronavirus outbreak

  • May 13, 2020
  • , Yomiuri
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Yomiuri reported that during the upcoming WHO teleconference that will start next week, the Japanese government is likely to request an inquiry into the global heath organization’s initial handling of the COVID-19 outbreak. Tokyo is reportedly expected to take up such issues as the WHO’s timing in issuing alerts and advisories to member states and its emergency committee tasked with deciding on whether to declare a pandemic. Japan is also likely to call for other members to allow Taiwan to take part in the session as an observer on the grounds that having a “geographical vacuum” is not appropriate. It is also likely to underscore the importance of pursuing WHO reforms.

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