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Statement Independen Evaluation Into Covid-19 of The Australian Government

Monday, July 13, 2020
Senator Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs Minister for Women. Photo Credit: ASPI Canberra.— The Australian Government welcomes the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General’s announcement of the Independent Panel for Pandemic
Preparedness and Response to evaluate the world’s response into COVID-19.

Senator Hon Marise Payne (Minister for Foreign Affairs Minister for Women) said, acknowledge the leadership and experience the distinguished co-chairs former President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and former Prime Minister of New Zealand Helen Clark will bring to the Panel.

This follows our call for an independent review into COVID-19 and a World Health
Assembly resolution supported by a record number of 145 co-sponsors, including
Australia. The resolution committed to an impartial, independent and comprehensive
evaluation to review lessons learnt from the international response as well as further
work to identify the source of the virus. Australia has been working closely with the
WHO and key partners to maintain momentum and deliver on the World Health
Assembly’s mandate.

“We are also pleased the WHO Director-General will convene a special session of the
WHO Executive Board on COVID-19 in September 2020,” she said on Friday (10 July).

Australia looks forward to working with the Panel and the international community to
ensure this important evaluation helps to strengthen the WHO and prevent and
mitigate future pandemics. [B-11]