WHO chief says pandemic response to be reviewed 'in due course'

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FILE - In this Monday, March 9, 2020 file photo, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization speaks during a news conference on updates regarding on the novel coronavirus COVID-19, at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo: AP)

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday said that WHO's performance in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic will be reviewed by WHO's member states "in due course."

"In due course, WHO's performance in tackling this pandemic will be reviewed by WHO's Member States and the independent bodies that are in place to ensure transparency and accountability. This is part of the usual process put in place by our Member States," he said.

Saying that areas for improvement will certainly be identified and there will be lessons to learn, the WHO chief said that for now, the focus of both the organization and himself is on stopping the coronavirus and saving lives.

Speaking from Geneva at a virtual press conference Wednesday, Tedros told reporters that the WHO is grateful to the many nations, organizations and individuals who have expressed their support and commitment to the WHO in recent days, including their financial commitment.

"We welcome this demonstration of global solidarity, because solidarity is the rule of the game to defeat COVID-19," he highlighted.