European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called for global cooperation in fighting the coronavirus outbreak, while addressing the 73rd session of the World Health Assembly in Geneva, via a video call on Tuesday.
«In times like these, the greatest act of courage is to play as a team,» said von der Leyen, just one day after US President Donald Trump threatened to permanently cut off US... Еще funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) in a letter.
«This does not mean that once the dust will have settled and once we have delivered on our pledge to beat this virus, we should not look into ways to modernise the WHO to see what should be done for the WHO to continue to live up to the new challenges because we need multilateral approaches,» added von der Leyen.
«This is the time for cooperation. This is the time for science and solidarity. This is the time for all humanity to rally around a common cause, and you can count on Europe to always play for the team,» she concluded.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte also gave a statement via video call, where he highlighted Italy's progress in the fight against the pandemic.
«After two months, epidemiological data are encouraging. They confirm that our collective efforts and sacrifices have paid off. We are now easing most restrictions, yet keeping a rigorous safety measures for every social and commercial activity,» he said.
«We continue to strengthen our health infrastructure, increasing intensive care units and hiring doctors and health workers,» he added.
The COVID-19 outbreak, which originated in the city of Wuhan, in China's Hubei province, has seen close to five million people infected around the world, while over 319,000 have died with the virus.
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