WHO director claims 'world should have listened' to coronavirus warning weeks after saying humans can't get it
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In what many will see as shameless arrogance, the director-general of the World Health Organization, who has spent most of the coronavirus pandemic serving as a propagandist for China, is now patting himself and his own organization on the back while chastising countries who ‘didn’t listen’ to his ‘early warnings.’
During a press conference Monday, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus defending his organization’s response to the outbreak, claiming that WHO issued its highest global health alert when there were — allegedly — just 82 confirmed cases of coronavirus and no deaths outside of China.
“We can only give advice to countries. We don’t have any mandate to force countries to implement what we advise them. On January 30, we declared the highest level of emergency, global emergency on COVID-19,” Tedros said.
“During that time, there were only 82 cases outside China. No cases in Latin America, no cases in Africa. Only 10 cases in Europe. No deaths in the rest of the world. Nothing,” he continued.
“The world should have listened to the WHO carefully,” he claimed without a hint of irony. Every country could have trigged all its public health measures possible. We advised the whole world to implement a comprehensive public health approach – find, test, contact tracing and so on,” he droned on. “The countries who followed that are in a better position than others.”
Is he kidding? ‘The world should have listened’ to this blatant propagandist for the ChiComs?
Time for some reminders, per the National Review:
On December 30, Chinese doctor Li Wenliang warned colleagues about the outbreak of an illness resembling severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which sparked a pandemic in 2003. Public-health officials rely on the acuity of doctors like Li, whose early warnings prevent the spread of deadly diseases. But Chinese authorities didn’t reward Li; they summoned him to the Public Security Bureau in Wuhan on accusations that he had made false statements and disrupted the public order.
The ChiCom party followed up their accusations against Li by making several more arrests while warning publicly that anyone spreading “rumors” on social media would also be dealt with harshly.
By mid-January, the ChiCom government was well aware that COVID-19 was out of hand and spreading to humans. But on Jan. 14, the WHO claimed, incredibly, that there was “no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel coronavirus,” trusting Chinese authorities.
Two weeks later, Tedros flew to Beijing for a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping; upon his departure, he praised Beijing for “setting a new standard for outbreak control” while lauding their “openness for sharing information.”
The National Review noted further:
After finally declaring an emergency on January 30, Tedros continued to lavish praise on China. As late as February 20, he argued that Chinese actions were “slowing the spread [of coronavirus] to the rest of the world.”
The record is clear: The WHO has lent its imprimatur to Chinese disinformation and blessed China’s slow response to its domestic outbreak, which likely caused a 20-fold increase in cases, according to a University of Southampton study.
Of course, the Chinese backed Tedros’ bid to run the WHO also; “who was better suited for the role than a leftist political operative with a history of covering up health emergencies?" The magazine reported.
It is a sick joke for Tedros to now claim that he and his organization were somehow out in front warning the world about coronavirus; quite the opposite. He was covering for China’s big mistake the entire time, and is still doing so.
If he wants U.S. funding reinstated, Tedros is better off apologizing to President Trump while taking off China’s leash.