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Dr. Harsh Vardhan takes charge as chairman of WHO Executive Board

TPE Correspondent

New Delhi May 22nd

Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan on Friday took charge as the chairman of the WHO’s Executive Board amid times when the country is facing the coronavirus crisis. The Executive Board has 34 members who are technically qualified and represent their nations. All of the 34 are designated by their respective governments to the World Health Assembly.

“I am aware I am entering this office at a time of global crisis on account of this pandemic. We all understand that there will be many health challenges in the next two decades. All these challenges demand a shared response,” Dr. Harsh Vardhan was quoted as saying by ANI.

He said India is facing COVID-19 crisis in a proactive and pre-emptive way with unmatched scale and determination. “Today we have a mortality of 3 percent only. In a country of 1.35 billion, there are only 0.1 million cases of COVID-19. The recovery rate is above 40 percent and doubling rate is 13 days,” the health minister added.

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