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International relations

Merkel steps up defense of WHO at G-7 video summit

US seeks reform, citing lack of transparency and poor response to crisis

NEW YORK/TOKYO -- The World Health Organization and other global institutions are essential to fighting the new coronavirus pandemic, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at a Group of Seven leaders videoconference on Thursday, a position that was echoed in a group statement released after the meeting.

"We fully support the World Health Organization in its global mandate to lead on disease outbreaks and emergencies with health consequences, leaving no geographical vacuum, and encourage all countries, international organizations, and the private sector to assist global efforts," the statement read.

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