• WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced the initiation of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response (IPPR) to evaluate the world’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
• The Panel will be co-chaired by former Prime Minister of New Zealand Helen Clark and former President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Prime Minister Clark leads the United Nations Development Programme and President Sirleaf is a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
• Operating independently, they will choose other Panel members as well as members of an independent secretariat to provide support.
• At the historic 73rd World Health Assembly in May, Member States adopted a landmark resolution that called on WHO to initiate an independent and comprehensive evaluation of the lessons learned from the international health response to COVID-19.
• A Special Session of the Executive Board be called in September to discuss the Panel’s progress. In November the Panel will present an interim report at the resumption of the World Health Assembly. In January 2021, the Executive Board will hold its regular session, where the Panel’s work will be further discussedIn May of next year, at the World Health Assembly, the panel will present its substantive report.
Mains Paper 2: International
Prelims level: Independent Panel to evaluate global response to Covid-19
Mains level: Role and significance behind forming the panel