Saudi Arabia, New Zealand co-chair IHR Review Committee meeting

Geneva, March 2 (BNA): The International Health Regulations Review Committee held its second expanded meeting at the headquarters of the World Health Organization in Geneva, headed by the Assistant Undersecretary of the Saudi Ministry of Health for Preventive Health, Dr. Abdullah bin Mufreh Asiri and former Director General of the New Zealand Ministry of Health Sir Ashley Robin Bloomfield.

The meeting discussed more than 300 proposed amendments to the provisions of this regulation, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The proposed amendments come in response to the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, while the 194 member states of the World Health Organization stressed the importance of strengthening capacity building, especially in low-income countries, equitable access to medical countermeasures, and strengthening cooperation and participation. Information and ways to take advantage of modern technologies to prevent health risks related to international travel.

The Committee continues its work to reach consensus on amendments to the Bylaws. The agreed amendments will be submitted to the WHO General Assembly in 2024 for approval.


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