South China Morning Post  |  February 1, 2021

Lawrence Gostin, director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on National & Global Health Law at Georgetown University in Washington, said member states would push back against “any perceived interference with sovereignty”.

“But the world has suffered unimaginably from this pandemic. The crisis should lead to an opportunity to strengthen WHO and the international health regulations,” Gostin said. He added such powers to independently verify reports mattered as China was “misinforming” the WHO about the extent of the early novel coronavirus outbreak.

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