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Secretary for Food and Health attends 73rd World Health Assembly via video conferencing


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May 18, 2020 - Hong Kong’s Secretary for Food and Health, Professor Sophia Chan, attended the 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA) of the World Health Organization (WHO) via video conferencing today (May 18) as a member of the Chinese delegation.

Due to the pandemic situation of COVID-19, the WHA this year is being held through video conferencing on May 18 and 19. The assembly focuses on the anti-epidemic work by member states of the WHO and international co-operation. During the assembly, member states will deliver statements focused largely on the COVID-19 pandemic, report their progress in fighting the disease, share knowledge on the evolving situation, and consider a draft resolution on COVID-19.

“In fighting against COVID-19, I believe that exchanging unique perspectives and hearing from leading experts in various fields are crucial to navigating the anti-pandemic strategies in the future, not just as individual countries but as a global community,” Professor Chan said.

“The Government has maintained close co-operation with the WHO and health authorities of its member states to fight the pandemic together, with a view to protecting the health of Hong Kong people and maintaining a robust healthcare system in Hong Kong,” Professor Chan added.

The Permanent Secretary for Food and Health (Health), Ms Elizabeth Tse, and the Director of Health, Dr Constance Chan, are also members of the Chinese delegation.

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