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THE EBOLA OUTBREAK [Archives]

Day 1 Session 1
PWSMUN 2015



The first session in the WHO committee had a riveting start, although most of the delegates looked tired after the long commute on this national holiday. After the distribution of the delegate kits, the delegates were briefed about what the IHR comprises of, after which they realized that the WHO and the IHR are one in the same. The initial 20 minutes of the session consisted of the Chair trying to make the delegates feel welcome and told them that he was open to any procedure related questions at any point of time, in the session or otherwise. As the roll call came to an end, with most of the delegates responding with “present and voting”, motions were raised to set the agenda for the debate. After a few minutes of voting, the agenda of the committee was finally set as- “Post outbreak rehabilitation measures of the Ebola outbreak in the period of 2014-2015”. The Delegate of U.S.A was the first speaker on the General Speakers' List, after which the Delegate yielded her time to points of information. The Delegate of U.S.A was questioned about how they had helped the West African counties, post the outbreak of Ebola virus. The Delegate of U.S.A was preceded by the Delegate of Greece, on the General Speakers' List. The Delegate was questioned rather frankly about contributions made by Greece in stemming the spread of the Ebola virus, to which the Delegate responded vaguely . With a Point of Order, the committee was informed about the two vaccines for Ebola which are undergoing research and are not available yet, but other means for cure, such as Radiotherapy, are available. The next speaker on the General Speakers' List for the first session was the Delegate of Germany, who left the podium confident of shaking the committee aware. The GSL continued with two more counties- Japan and Sierra Leone - before the committee disbanded for break. But before that, the Director General of the WHO corrected the delegate of Yemen who stated, during Points of Information, that Sierra Leone couldn’t help with the control of the outbreak as they were- “one of the poorest countries in the world.”

Reporters: Diya Sethi and Anshita Mehrotra
Editor: Tannavi Kumar


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