U.S. slams WHO response to the coronavirus pandemic, says a failure by the UN ‘cost many lives’
The United States on Monday chastised the World Health Organization for its response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying the United Nations’ well being company didn't acquire details about the virus when the world wanted it.
“That failure cost many lives,” Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar mentioned on the primary day of the WHO’s two-day digital World Health Assembly.
More than 4.7 million folks have contracted Covid-19 worldwide, with 315,822 deaths, in line with information compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
“In an apparent attempt to conceal this outbreak, at least one member state made a mockery of their transparency obligations, with tremendous costs for the entire world,” Azar continued, in an obvious reference to China.
“We saw that WHO failed at its core mission of information sharing and transparency when member states do not act in good faith. This cannot ever happen again,” he added.
The WHO was not instantly out there to reply when contacted by CNBC on Monday.
President Donald Trump’s administration has been significantly important of the WHO’s response, with Trump saying the U.S. would halt funding to the group in April.
However, Trump mentioned Saturday he was contemplating restoring some funding to the WHO.
Earlier Monday, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will initiate an independent review into its dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic “at the earliest appropriate moment” and urged nations to proceed funding the company.
Chinese President Xi Jinping instructed the meeting his nation will present $2 billion over two years to assist different nations reply to the influence of the pandemic. He insisted that China has been open, clear and accountable all alongside in offering data to the WHO and different nations, and has shared the genome sequence of the coronavirus.