The 73rd World Health Assembly convenes virtually due to COVID-19.

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The 73rd World Health Assembly convenes virtually due to COVID-19.

73rd World Health Assembly

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The 73rd World Health Assembly convenes virtually due to COVID-19. The WHA is the WHO’s decision-making body. The annual meeting usually takes place over the course of many days, but this year the agenda has been reduced to fit into two days and will take place on May 18-19. Ahead of the meeting, WHO is also hosting the third annual Walk the Talk health journey challenge.

The WHO‘s annual World Health Assembly is about to get underway. The assembly is the WHO’s decision-making body and this year’s meeting will be held virtually due to the pandemic. China has been trying to avoid the fallout from coronavirus. Now 100 countries are pushing for an investigation.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Seventy-third World Health Assembly will be virtual. The agenda has been reduced to fit into two days.

The Seventy-third World Health Assembly will open on Monday, 18 May at 12:00. The working hours of the Health Assembly are from 12:00 to 15:00, 16:30 to 19:30, and from 21:00 to 24:00 (CEST). The Assembly will close no later than Tuesday, 19 May 2020, as decided by the Executive Board through a written silence procedure.

The program includes:

  • Opening of the Health Assembly by WHA 72 President
  • Election of the President and five Vice-Presidents
  • Presidential address
  • Statements by invited speakers
  • Address by the Director-General (on COVID-19 pandemic response)
  • Statements by Heads of delegation on COVID-19 pandemic
  • EB: election
  • Closure/suspension (The WHA will consider suspending and reconvening later in the year to consider the remaining items on the agenda)


The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO. It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board. The main functions of the World Health Assembly are to determine the policies of the Organization, appoint the Director-General, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed program budget. The Health Assembly is held annually in Geneva, Switzerland.



News Source: WHO.INT

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