Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against WHO Over Its Covid-19 Response

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Topline A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit from residents in Westchester County, an early Covid-19 hotspot, against the World Health Organization alleging it was negligent in its response to Covid-19, a victory for the WHO as it comes under increasing political scrutiny. World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a press ... [+] conference organised by the Geneva Association of United Nations Correspondents (ACANU) on July 3, 2020 at the WHO headquarters in Geneva. Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images Key Facts The proposed class action lawsuit, filed in April last year by seven Westchester County, New York, residents, asked for “substantial damages” for Westchester residents and accused the WHO of “failing to properly monitor the response to the Coronavirus pandemic in China.” The plaintiffs in the lawsuit include a doctor from New Rochelle and six nearby residents, according to Reuters, who contracted the virus when the area was an early epicenter for the virus, which spread rapidly after a lawyer attended a New Rochelle synagogue before the WHO officially declared the coronavirus a pandemic in early ...read more...