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WHO ministerial to open on May 18; UNICEF seeks flights for vaccines

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The focus of the meeting will be dealing with the pandemic

The annual meeting of health ministers working the WHO will take place virtually from May 18, 2020, with the focus on the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) informed today.

The shortened agenda will include items essential for ‘governance continuity’ such as the election of its executive and a speech by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told a UN briefing in Geneva.

Simultaneously, the UNICEF called for unlocking a “massive backlog” in vaccine shipments amid a huge drop in commercial flights and limited availability of charters in the pandemic.

“UNICEF is appealing to governments, the private sector, the airline industry, and others, to free up freight space at an affordable cost for these life-saving vaccines,” spokeswoman Marixie Mercado said.

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