Trump Attacks WHO, China on Covid-19

On Monday, May 18th, 2020, the president of the United State of America, Donald Trump, issued a letter to the Director- General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

In the letter, President Trump stated that the reason he suspended the United States contribution to the World Health Organization was because of the organization’s failed response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Trump wrote: “On April 14, 2020, I suspended United States contributions to the World Health Organization pending an investigation by my Administration of the organization’s failed response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

“This review has confirmed many of the serious concerns I raised last months and identified others that the World Health Organization should have addressed, especially the World Health Organization’s alarming lack of independence from the People’s Republic of China.”

Key Notes:

  • WHO consistently ignored credible reports of the virus spreading in Wuhan in early December 2019.
  • WHO failed to investigate credible reports that conflicted directly with the Chinese government.
  • By December 30, WHO knew there was a novel corona virus that was afflicting over 180 patients and did not inform the world, probably for political reasons.
  • China did not inform WHO of Wuhan’s severe cases of pneumonia after 24 hours as International Health Regulation requires countries to do.
  • WHO has been conspicuously silent with respect to the closure of Dr Zhang’s lab and his assertion on the virus.
  • WHO has repeatedly made claims about the Coronavirus that were misleading.
  • WHO failed to press China for the timely admittance of a World Health Organization team.
  • WHO praised China’s strict domestic travel restriction, but was against Trump’s travel ban on China.
  • China’s assertions reported to the world by WHO were inaccurate.
  • WHO failed to comment on China’s racially discriminatory actions on Africans.
  • WHO has failed to publicly call on China to allow an independent investigation into the origins of the virus.

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