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The World Health Organization’s governing board agreed on Monday to form a new committee to help speed up its response to health emergencies COVID-19. READ:

The World Health Organization’s governing board agreed on Monday to form a new committee to help speed up its response to health emergencies COVID-19. READ:

GENEVA — The World Health Organization’s (WHO) governing board agreed on Monday to form a new committee to help speed up its response to health emergencies like coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The United Nations health agency faced criticism for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the pace of its response to early cases that may have delayed detection and helped the virus to spread.“We will push congress to push a law specifically for trolls during the campaign period … We have to enact social media regulation in the Philippines, as far as the campaign period is concerned, ” Comelec Commissioner George Erwin M.‘Local is king’: Africa’s online platforms take on Silicon Valley June 1, 2022 | 1:13 pm By Kim Harrisberg and Menna A.Jollibee Foods Corp.

Some disease experts say that governments and the WHO must avoid repeating such early missteps with other outbreaks like monkeypox.The resolution , passed unanimously at the 34-member Executive Board’s annual meeting, will form a new “Standing Committee on Health Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response” to help address some of the perceived shortcomings.He noted that it is difficult to prosecute internet trolls under existing cyber libel laws.Formal WHO meetings are sometimes spaced months apart and, under the new initiative, the new body would meet immediately after the Director-General declares a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) — a decision that triggers calls for extra funding, public health measures and a series of recommendations aimed at controlling disease spread.His JamiiForums website launched in 2006, unmasking the murky money trails of Africa’s rich and powerful, and now has more than 3 million visitors daily.“This was probably one of the weakest points during the last pandemic that member states or governing bodies didn’t have the opportunity to have immediate consultations after this PHEIC of the last pandemic was declared,” Austria’s Clemens Martin Auer, who proposed the resolution, told the Executive Board.“We should be given more teeth to prosecute these individuals, political parties, and contributors,” Mr.He added that the new committee would also conduct oversight of the WHO’s health emergencies program in ordinary times to ensure it is fit to respond.

“I think the standing committee will be an indispensable part of the new global architecture on health emergency,” he added.Most instances of disinformation on social media platforms during the campaign period for the May 9 elections were directed against Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” G.Despite challenges such as scarce internet access, funding gaps and intermittent electricity, African entrepreneurs are harnessing the potential of digital engagement, from online funeral services in Egypt to voice-based messaging in Mali.The United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom and Japan were among the co-sponsors of the initiative.— Reuters.ph.

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