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.


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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