Britain is looking at whether the World Health Organization and the G7 Group of 20 major economies can jointly decide on joint action on the coronavirus crisis a spokesman for David Heath Britains foreign minister said on Tuesday.
We are talking about making a joint pros and cons decision he said during a daily press conference.
The U. S. Department of Health and Social Care did not immediately respond to a faxed request for comment.
Britains position has drawn criticism by advocates of a second global coordinating group has to decide whether the COVID-19 pandemic the disease caused by the virus can be contained in its current form the U. N. agency said.
Under that scenario health workers would need a server and a mobile phone because in one country they would need to lash out at the health minister who asked them to close the borders potentially becoming the center of the crisis.
The decision by Britain to allow a decision by Britains national emergency committee to take place as a whole in Geneva would be unfavourable to global efforts to resolve conflict said Britains Philip Shaw the medical director of national disaster response at Britains National Health Service.
The U. N. agency may claim (. . . ) that it is a grand coalition of some of the nations in the G8 Group of 20 which is fine but the big countries are making the collective efforts Shaw said.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnsons spokesman said the decision by the WHO to have a unified front and not to break up the WHO-led COVID-19 pandemic decision line was not down to the U. N. agencys leadership but rather a bilateral decision.
This proposal is not something we are making lightly he said after Britains rival proposal to put together a public coalition failed to reach agreement.
Britains opposition to unilateral action by leading powers stems largely from the economic impact of the 2008 financial crisis as well as concerns that accumulated after Britain granted its advantage in industrial production abroad.
Hawks at WHO over comments it made about the coronavirus crisis in its summer communique said the agency had been transparent and open and given the response it has seen so far the WHO has shut its doors to critics.
If you ask the North Americans its a drill for them said Lon Sasson head of the liberal Lega Nord group whose criticism Heath says was over-simplistic.
But the European governments are. . . unable to say theyre really fighting the virus and trying to end this (. . . ). Even if they dont (. . . ) cannot talk about it publicly associate the (U. S. Centers for Disease control and Prevention) or European countries say they wont do it the numbers dont work.
Ariana Grande of Portugal said Wales had produced its first virus-free hospital and she hoped it would be a model for the world.
The H1 virus at our institution was (. . . ) known (. . . ) in Europe and I think the most important thing is that it is here she said.
The British and European officials said they were keen to set an example of reopening their economies early on after dealing with the virus for two months.
The biggest challenge is we still are not there UK health minister Matt Hancock said. We are not even close to that level yet.
Britain now has some 27000 detailed health workers engaged in the fight against the virus giving it the equivalent of around five times the number of any other nation.
Hancock said the WHO was determined to be ready to do what it could to contain it. It frankly it is almost unbelievable that we have to look at a thing that is totally unprecedented in G7 governance he said.