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NHC minister attends 74th session of WHA via video link

Updated: 2021-05-27

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Ma Xiaowei, minister of China's National Health Commission (NHC), participates in the 74th session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) via video link on May 24. [Photo/nhc.gov.cn]

The 74th session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) kicked off on May 24 via video link. Ma Xiaowei, minister of China's National Health Commission (NHC), led a delegation to the session.

Ma delivered a speech in the general debate and introduced China's experience in combating the COVID-19 pandemic, calling on all parties to strive to adhere to multilateralism, fight against the pandemic in solidarity, ensure equitable access of public goods such as vaccines and diagnostic reagents and ensure the sustainability of pandemic prevention and response mechanisms.

Efforts should also be made to strengthen the construction of health systems, support human resources in health, promote universal health coverage and push forward the construction of a global health community for all, he said.

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus briefed the participants on the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic and called on all parties to take action to improve the accessibility of COVID-19 vaccines in order to end the pandemic as soon as possible. He specifically thanked global health workers for their tremendous contributions.

The session will discuss 72 topics including public health emergency preparedness and response, WHO's programme budget, antimicrobial resistance, patient safety and the influence of the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on public health, and will close on June 1.

The Chinese delegates to the session include officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the NHC, and the Permanent Mission in Geneva as well as relevant experts and representatives from Hong Kong and Macao.