This week the World Health Assembly is meeting virtually in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
You can follow proceedings here: https://www.who.int/about/governance/world-health-assembly/seventy-third...
WHA resolution “COVID-19 response” will be discussed today, Monday, 18 May 2020. The resolution is available here:
It includes the following key paragraphs:
OP7.6 Provide the population with reliable and comprehensive information on COVID-19 and the measures taken by authorities in response to the pandemic, and take measures to counter misinformation and disinformation and as well as malicious cyber activities;
OP8.3 Address, and where relevant in coordination with Member States, the proliferation of disinformation and misinformation particularly in the digital sphere, as well as the proliferation of malicious cyber-activities that undermine the public health response, and support the timely provision of clear, objective and science-based data and information to the public;
OP9.5 Assist countries upon request in developing, implementing and adapting relevant national response plans to COVID-19, by developing, disseminating and updating normative products and technical guidance, learning tools, data and scientific evidence for COVID-19 responses, including to counter misinformation and disinformation, as well as malicious cyber activities, and continue to work against substandard and falsified medicines and medical products;
HIFA looks forward to continue our valued collaboration with WHO to improve the availability and use of reliable healthcare information to prevent and manage COVID-19.
Best wishes, Neil
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