World Health Assembly resolution on COVID-19

  • Joint media statement
  • Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister for Women
  • The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health
19 May 2020

The Australian Government today welcomes the adoption of a landmark Resolution on the global COVID-19 response at the 73rd session of the World Health Assembly, which was EU-led and cosponsored by over 130 WHO member states.

The resolution commits to an impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation into COVID-19, at the earliest appropriate moment, to review the lessons learned from the international health response coordinated by the World Health Organization (WHO).

There is also a clear mandate to identify the source of the COVID-19 virus and how it was transmitted to humans, which will be necessary to prevent and reduce the risks of the emergence of new diseases that pass from animals to humans.

Australia has been clear and transparent in calling for an independent review into COVID-19, which is an unprecedented global health and economic crisis.

Australia will continue to be a consistent and constructive voice in the international community to advance and protect our national interest and the global interest.

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