Reform needed to ensure WHO does not become 'captive' to govts
Sky News Australia
Published at : 21 Oct 2020
Liberal backbencher Tim Wilson says the World Health Organisation reform should be considered to ensure it does not become “captive by individual governments".
The UN body has come under pressure in recent weeks over accusations it mishandled the coronavirus pandemic.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison last week called for beefed-up powers into the WHO, insisting it should have weapon inspector-like powers to investigate the source of such viruses.
Mr Wilson pointed to reforms following the SARS epidemic as a precedent for future changes.
"After the SARS crisis in the early 2000s, there was a significant effort to reform the international health regulations, to make sure the WHO was doing its job as were countries in reporting data to the WHO," he told Sky News.
“Now we need to make sure the WHO does not become captive by individual governments and is doing its job in investigation … I think we need to have that discussion within the WHO and with allies."