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UN chief: The world paid a high price because “many countries ignored WHO recommendations”

Secretary-General of the UN criticized countries that “ignored the recommendations” of the World Health Organization (WHO) to respond to the pandemic of coronavirus, and estimated that the world paid a “high price” for those divergent strategies.

Antonio Guterres spoke at the meeting of the World Health Assembly (WHA), the decision-making body of this UN agency, seeking to coordinate the response to the coronavirus pandemic, a meeting under threat of direct confrontation between the United States and China.

Numerous heads of state, government and ministers are scheduled to speak at the meeting, which is scheduled today.

“We have seen expressions of solidarity, but very little unity in our response to covid-19. The countries followed divergent strategies and we all paid a high price for it,” said Antonio Guterres.

“Many countries ignored the recommendations of the World Health Organization,” he added through a videoconference at the opening of the World Health Assembly, the annual meeting of the 194 WHO members that is being held for the first time in this way.

The coronavirus pandemic has left more than 310,000 dead worldwide since it appeared in China last December, according to an AFP balance.

The United States is the country most affected both in declared cases and in the number of deaths, with close to 1.49 million infections and some 90,000 deaths.

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