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The 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA73)

Written on Monday, 18 May 2020 10:40

will open on Monday 18 May 2020 and take place virtually, using video conference technology, and focus exclusively on the COVID-19 pandemic and those items considered essential for governance business continuity. Member States will then reconvene later in autumn 2020 to address the other agenda items as adopted by the Executive Board. 

There is currently a single draft Resolution on COVID-19 up for discussion at this year’s WHA. The initial draft was first proposed by the European Union, and it is the World Heart Federation's (WHF)understanding that one of its main drivers is to ensure that any population-wide vaccination against COVID-19 be secured as global public good for health. Following extensive outreach to and engagement with Member States, together with WHF partners in the NCD Alliance, the Union for International Cancer Control and other civil society organizations, WHF has helped ensure that NCDs and pre-existing conditions like CVD are prominently featured in the discourse around the global COVID-19 response. WHF will be making an official statement in response to the Resolution in partnership with the Global Coalition for Circulatory Health

We encourage you to join us in watching the live webcast of WHA73, available on the official website of the WHO at 12:00 CET on 18 May 2020. 

(Extract from WHF newsletter)