US president alleges group of promoting disinformation and says it must be held accountable
Donald Trump was condemned for arrange countless lives at risk on Tuesday when he announced the US is freezing remittances to the World Health Organization( WHO) over its handled in the coronavirus pandemic.
The US president said fund would be on hold for 60 to 90 daylights pending a review of the WHO’s warnings about the coronavirus and China. He accused the world body of” sternly mismanaging and covering up” security threats, even though it proclaimed a public health emergency on 30 January- after which he continued to hold mobilizes, romp golf and compare the coronavirus to the common flu.
Critics were dazed at the move to cut money from a critical UN agency during a world-wide pandemic. Antonio Guterres, the UN secretary general, declared now was ” not the time to reduce the resources for the operations of the World Health Organization or any other humanitarian organization in the fight against the virus.
” As I has just said , the time has now come for unity and for the international community to work together in harmony to stop this virus and its break causes ,” he said in a statement.
Lawrence Gostin, a prof of world-wide health at Georgetown University, told the MSNBC network:” Without a WHO that’s empowered there will be countless, many more fatalities, and not just as it progress through sub-Saharan Africa, which is next, but also here in the United Regime .”
America contributed more than $400 m to the WHO last year, constituting it by far the biggest donor. The organization’s budget for 2018 -2 019 was around$ 6bn.
Speaking in the White House rose garden, Trump said:” With the outbreak of the Covid-1 9 pandemic, we have deep concerns whether America’s generosity has been put to the best use probable. The actuality is that the WHO failed to adequately obtain, veterinary and share information in a timely and translucent fashion .”
He computed:” If we cannot trust them, if this is what we will receive from the WHO, our country will be forced to find other ways to work with other nations to achieve public health purposes .”
The WHO failed in its” basic role and must be held accountable”, the president gone on.
But connoisseurs said the move fit two distinct Trump patterns. One is his long antipathy towards multilateral organisations; for example, he also expended a Rose Garden event to announce the US departure from the Paris climate accords. The other is an attempt to blame others for his own inactivity in combatting the coronavirus; on Monday, he alleged the media of minimise the dangers.
Trump’s prime review of the WHO was its ” China-centric ” failure to investigate plausible reports from roots in Wuhan about the eruption of the virus.” Through the midriff of January, it parroted and publicly endorsed the idea that there was not human to human communication happening, despite reports and clear evidence to the contrary ,” he told reporters.
” The procrastinates the WHO experienced in declaring a public health emergency overhead priceless era- massive amounts of season .”
But this criticism is at odds with the actual timeline. It emerged last week that in technological guidance notes, the WHO informed the US and other countries about the risk of human-to-human transmission as early as 10 January.
On Tuesday Jeremy Konyndyk, the onetime is chairman of the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance at USAid , include an indication that although on 14 January the WHO tweeted that” initial investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human dissemination”, by 23 January it had written an official report warning of human-to-human transmission and transmissibility greater than seasonal flu.
Konyndyk , now a elderly colleague at the Center for Global Development, wrote on Twitter:” So to pin the blamed on WHO for this, you have to believe that somehow those 9 daytimes between 14 and 23 January were critical to the lack of US preparedness. It’s nonsense. The disposal consume the whole month of February doing nothing to meaningfully prepare the homeland .”