US Senator Jim Risch has sought an independent probe into the way the World Health Organisation (WHO) has handled the coronavirus pandemic
Bengaluru: US Senator Jim Risch has sought an independent probe into the way the World Health Organisation (WHO) has handled the coronavirus pandemic.
He also launched a scathing attack on flagrant mishandling of the response to COVID-19.
“The WHO has failed not only the American people, it has failed the world with its flagrant mishandling of the response to COVID-19.”
He didn’t stop at that. He also launched attacks on WHO Director General, he said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus who has allegedly failed to hold the Chinese government accountable to the global health standards.
He said, “Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’ apparent unwillingness to hold the Chinese Communist Party to even the minimum standard of global health and transparency hindered the world’s ability to blunt the spread of this pandemic. It is completely unacceptable that the world’s global health organization has become a political puppet of the Chinese government.”
He also added, “I look forward to a truly independent and fulsome review of the WHO and an examination of the U.S.’s financial support for its efforts in the future, with an eye towards very significant reform or possible replacement of the WHO.”
US President Donald Trump has also expressed his anger against WHO and patted his back for closing the borders with China.
“The W.H.O. really blew it. For some reason, funded largely by the United States, yet very China centric. We will be giving that a good look. Fortunately I rejected their advice on keeping our borders open to China early on. Why did they give us such a faulty recommendation?”
Trump had even resorted to giving a new name to the coronavirus. He had called it “Chinese virus”. When a reporter expressed her displeasure over giving it the new name and even termed it “racist”, he said, “It's not racist at all.”
Trump even gave his explanation to it saying, "It comes from China, that's why."
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Last Updated Apr 8, 2020, 2:15 PM IST