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Source: Republic of Colombia

Bogotá (Oct. 5/20). A delegation led by the Vice Minister of Public Health and Provision of Services, Luis Alexander Moscoso, and made up of officials from the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, the Permanent Mission of Colombia in Geneva and the Foreign Ministry, participates in the 5th Extraordinary Meeting of the Executive Council of the World Health Organization (WHO) on the response to COVID-19, which took place on October 5 and 6 virtually and in person.

Within the framework of this meeting, the implementation of the requests made by the member states to the Director General of the WHO, in the framework of the 73rd World Health Assembly and with resolution WHA.73.1 on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The coordination of the United Nations System and crisis management teams, the activation of resource mobilization strategies and platforms such as the accelerator for research and development of medical products, and the evaluation process of the coordinated response to COVID were highlighted. -19.

Deputy Minister Moscoso stressed that the country will dedicate itself to promoting the strengthening of the global multilateral health architecture and highlighted the importance of technical assistance from WHO in the development of guides and guidelines to guarantee the deployment of plans to reactivate and open various sectors. Likewise, the Vice Minister highlighted the progress in the framework of the Solidaridad Clinical Trial and the Accelerator of access to tools against COVID-19 (ACT). Finally, he pointed out other challenges to face this situation such as the challenges in migration matters, as well as the possibility of strengthening health systems through international unity and solidarity.

It is important to highlight that the special session of the Executive Council was an important space for States to receive updates on the work of three committees that are advancing in the evaluation of the response against COVID-19: Independent group for preparedness and response to pandemics , Review Committee on the operation of the International Health Regulations (2005); Independent Oversight and Advisory Committee for the WHO Health Emergencies Program. This process is of great importance for the WHO and for the agencies that are part of the global architecture in health.

Colombia is a member of the Executive Council for the period 2020-202. Participation in this instance allows the country to directly influence the Organization’s programmatic decisions, while protecting and promoting national and regional health interests.

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