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

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

FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: A logo is pictured on the headquarters of the WHO in Geneva
FILE PHOTO: A logo is pictured on the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) ahead of a meeting of the Emergency Committee on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Geneva, Switzerland, January 30, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

GENEVA: The annual meeting of health ministers will take place virtually from May 18, with the focus on the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday (May 1).

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

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.

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

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Source: Reuters

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