The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) said that the agency had been alerting the new strain of corona virus to the US and they did not hide any information about the disease caused by the virus.
“We have warned from the beginning that this (new strain of corona virus) is a devil that people should fight against,” – World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement. press conference in Geneva, Switzerland on April 20.
Tedros also confirmed that there was no secret at the UN agency after the WHO was criticized by the US for not warning enough strongly about the outbreak of the COVID-19 in the first place in China.
The WHO director-general explained that the presence of US representatives working at the WHO headquarters in Geneva means that the agency does not hide anything from Washington. WHO said 15 people from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) worked with WHO regarding the response to COVID-19.
“The presence of CDC staff means nothing to hide from the US in the first place. Because these are Americans working with us. WHO is open, not hiding anything,” – Mr. Tedros said.
Mr. Tedros said that the split between political parties is making the pandemic worse, but did not elaborate. “All countries are informed,” he said.
The discord between the United States – the largest donor of WHO last year – and the WHO rose recently after US President Donald Trump announced ceasing funding for WHO. He accuses WHO of mismanagement and covering up the spread of COVID-19. However, Trump’s move to stop funding has faced opposition from world leaders.
To date, the United States has the highest number of COVID-19 infections and deaths in the world. The new strain of corona virus that causes COVID-19 was first recorded in Wuhan City, China in late 2019. The virus has spread globally, with more than 2.4 million infections and 170,000 deaths so far.