At the proposal of the European Union, the 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA) adopted the historic Resolution COVID-19, which was co-sponsored by as many as 146 WHO member states.
From the beginning of the drafting process until the adoption of the resolution, Croatia actively participated in the harmonization of the content of document with other WHO member states. By adopting the COVID19 Resolution, the world symbolically showed unity in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The process of harmonizing the text of the Resolution was more than challenging. Namely, the growing geopolitical tensions between the United States and China gave an uncomfortable feeling of accepting the risk of a negative outcome.
This process of harmonizing the views of WHO member states was characterized by the usual separation between countries that were more protective of their pharmaceutical industry and those member stares, aided by civil society groups, who wanted to break patent monopolies over critical health products.
The COVID-19 resolution, with its content, includes proposals for all important items of the common position and coordinated activities of EU countries related to the COVID-19 pandemic: recognition of health workers and everyone on the front lines, especially women; support for the leading role of the WHO and the UN; solidarity; multilateralism, the maintenance of essential health services during a pandemic; EU funding assistance; the equal right of all to medical treatment, therapy and vaccines and a transparent evaluation of everything done during the fight against the COVID19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 Resolution provides the basis for the timely resolution of the common struggle of humanity against all future threats of a similar nature.
By jointly proposing this COVID-19 Resolution, the EU has, above all, demonstrated its unity. Encouraging the unique international cooperation of all the people of the world, the EU has presented itself as an important global player in this challenging period for humanity.