WHO Fires Back After Trump Halts Funding

(TheFreedomFlag.Com)- On Tuesday, President Donald Trump announced the United States was halting funding to the World Health Organization while it investigates how the organization handled the coronavirus outbreak.
He accused the organization of “severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus.” He also said the WHO is too trusting of China and is overly influenced by the Communist country.
On Wednesday, the WHO responded, with Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the organization, saying:
“We regret the decision of the president of the United States to order a halt in funding to the World Health Organization.”
Dr. Mike Ryan, the executive director of the WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme, took it a step further in his comments, saying:
“In the first weeks of January, the WHO was very, very clear. We alerted the world on January the 5th. Systems around the world, including the U.S., began to activate their incident management systems on January the 6th. And through the next number of weeks, we’ve produced multiple updates to countries, including briefing multiple governments, multiple scientists around the world, on the developing situation — and that is what it was, a developing situation.”
That is in response to Trump’s comments on Tuesday, when he said that through the middle of January, the WHO “parroted and publicly endorsed the idea that there was not human-to-human transmission happening despite reports and clear evidence to the contrary.” He claimed the WHO delayed alerting the world to the seriousness of the coronavirus, and now it’s infected more than 2 million people worldwide.
He also said the WHO “deprived the scientific community of essential data” by failing to get virus samples.
Ryan’s response:
“The virus was identified on January the 7th. The [genetic] sequence was shared on the 12th with the world.”
And regarding human-to-human transmission:
“There is always a risk with respiratory pathogen that it can move from person to person. When WHO issued its first guidance to countries, it was extremely clear that respiratory precautions should be taken in dealing with patients with this disease, that labs needed to be careful in terms of their precautions and taking samples, because there was a risk that the disease could spread from person to person in those environments.”
Ryan said when the virus first was identified, there was still a question about whether it would be able to spread in “community environments.” It eventually was obviously proved it could, which has led to the pandemic we have today. At first, it was only known through a “cluster of atypical pneumonia cases.”
“There are literally millions and millions of cases of atypical pneumonia around the world every year,” Ryan said.
For his part, Tedros said the WHO would conduct reviews of what it did right and wrong once the coronavirus is under eradicated. For now, it will “work with our partners to fill any financial gaps we face and to ensure our work continues uninterrupted.”
The United States is responsible for almost 15% of the organization’s specified voluntary contributions and 22% of its assessed contributions.