After weeks of back-and-forth between China and countries in the West, led by the United States about a proposal to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 epidemic, China’s leader Xi Jinping caved to pressure from the World Health Organisation (WHO). He urged that the world rally behind the WHO and support developing nations in battling the pandemic, in a speech he gave at a virtual meeting of the World Health Authority (WHA) on 18 May, 2020. WHA is the decision-making body of the World Health Organisation. They hold an annual meeting – held virtually over 18 – 19 May this week – attended by delegations from all the Member States of the WHO, with a specific focus on a health agenda prepared by the WHA’s Executive Board. President Xi Jinping speaking at the World Health Assembly on Monday. Image: WHO/AP In Xi’s speech, which he delivered via video at the invitation of WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, he expressed that China backs
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