Korea has garnered worldwide praise for their exemplary response to COVID-19. Now, Korea has been elected as a member of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) executive board to help shape WHO’s ongoing response to the virus and future policy and strategic direction.
The appointment follows WHO’s recognition of Korea’s leadership during the pandemic. In early April, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus invited President Moon Jae-in to be a keynote speaker at the 73rd World Health Assembly to share Korea’s “comprehensive strategy” to fight COVID-19. In his address, President Moon described how Koreans chose “freedom for all” through social distancing, supporting testing and tracing and sharing medical supplies and knowledge with other countries. He also outlined Korea’s first three objectives for their term:
– Providing US$100 million in humanitarian assistance
– Enhancing international collaboration on vaccine development
– Strengthening WHO’s International Health Regulations with legal binding force
The WHO position will help President Moon achieve his plan for Korea to lead international cooperation on human security issues, such as disease outbreaks, as outlined in his recent address to the nation.
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