WHO Appoints Johnson Sirleaf and Clark to Head COVID-19 Panel

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced today that former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark have agreed to co-chair an Independent panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response "to help us understand what happened - an honest assessment - and to help us understand also what we should do to prevent such a tragedy in the future".

The decision to establish an independent group to evaluate the response to the Covid-19 pandemic was taken at the virtual World Health Assembly in May. "I cannot imagine two more strong-minded, independent leaders to help guide us through this critical learning process", Tedros said in an address to WHO member states.

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Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (left) with Helen Clark during the UNDP Administrator's visit to Liberia in June 2009. (Photo: UNDP)

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