MUNICH, May 24, 2019 (Xinhua) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during Manfred Weber's last campaign rally ahead of the election in Munich, Germany, on May 24, 2019. "Europe stands for security and prosperity," Manfred Weber, top candidate of the European People's Party (EPP) for the European elections, said here Friday, calling on voters to defend Europe against nationalism. (Xinhua/Lu Yang/IANS) by .
German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Merkel told a video conference of leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) that the crisis can only be tackled with a strong and coordinated international response, according to a statement by the German Federal Government, media reported.

The German chancellor on Thursday expressed her full support for the WHO, as well as numerous other partners, said the statement.

Merkel also welcomed the initiative of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to host a virtual donor conference on COVID-19 in early May.

As to the pandemic situation in Africa, the chancellor emphasized global responsibility and the need for rapid support.

JERUSALEM, March 25, 2018 (Xinhua) -- German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas visits Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial and Museum located in Jerusalem, March 25, 2018. (Xinhua/JINI/IANS) by .
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, on the same day, said that the WHO remains “the backbone of international pandemic control.”

“Right now it makes no sense to question WHO, its functionality or its importance… To weaken it would be nothing more than throwing the pilot out of the plane while a flight is in progress, and we don’t consider that to be responsible,” said Maas.

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