WHO members agree to independent probe of coronavirus response
21 May 2020 | 7:00 am
A resolution to investigate the global handling of the coronavirus pandemic has been adopted at the WHO's conference. The EU backed the move, but defended the WHO from US President Trump's threats to withdraw US funding.
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