More than 1 million signatures urged the WHO Director-General to resign

WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Photo: Reuters.
WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Photo: Reuters.

The petition asking the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) to resign has collected more than 1 million signatures globally.

The petition was launched in late January to require WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to resign due to failure to handle the pandemic, according to the Korea Times.

“We think that Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is not suitable for the role of WHO Director-General,” the petition was posted online and translated into multiple languages on the website.

The complaint accused Tedros of favoring the Chinese government and responding slowly to the translation: “We are very disappointed. WHO should have been a politically neutral organization. Mr. Tedros only believes in Chinese data and does not conduct investigations. ”

The complaint criticized the WHO’s handling of the epidemic as “unacceptable” and the head of the agency should give up the position immediately.

“Please help the world regain confidence in the United Nations (UN) and the World Health Organization (WHO)”, this proposal concludes.

The way WHO works in the battle with Covid-19 has received a lot of criticism from the American world. US President Donald Trump on April 14 announced cutting aid to WHO and accusing the organization of acting “out of control, hiding the spread of the disease”.

However, the decision of the US president then met with opposition from many countries, organizations and those who believe that the current important thing is to fight the epidemic, not to blame.

In addition, many also pointed out that WHO has an important role and has done many things to improve public health. Since the outbreak of Covid-19, WHO has been constantly warning countries about the severity of the epidemic, supporting countries to fight epidemics.

WHO has also denied the allegations that it blindly accepted Chinese data.

As of April 27, Covid-19 caused nearly 3 million people to be infected and about 206,000 to die, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.