74TH SESSION OF THE WORLD HEALTH ASSEMBLY 24 MAY - 1 JUNE 2021 IN GENEVA
Uganda Permanent Mission in Geneva is participating in the World Health Assembly taking place from 24 May - 1 June 2021 in Geneva.
Mr. Mwanika Brian Phenox, First Secretary and Charge' d'Affaires Ad Interim delivered Uganda's Statement on behalf of the Hon. Minister of Health.
Uganda's statement focused on the Health Implications of Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol and the unique situation posed by the COVID-19 crisis.
It was noted that the Nagoya Protocol was a critical instrument for access, collaborative work and benefit-sharing for clinical data, specimens and genetic resources for pathogens of epidemic potential, and its implementation together with other related initiatives, specially the International Health Regulations, was of vital importance to global health. It was further noted that the unique situation COVID-19 had posed, calls for greater global collaboration and solidarity in planning and resource mobilization for response and innovation in use of genetic materials.
The WHO was called upon to continue supporting the development of capacity for disease surveillance, diagnostics development, clinical management and response to public health emergencies.
Uganda thanked the global scientific community for working around the clock to quickly develop the COVID-19 vaccine and China for quickly sharing data on the initial/original/first COVID-19 genome which enabled vaccine development to proceed faster.