The World Health Organization (WHO) is unable to come up with a global plan to fight the CCP Virus, according to a series of audios obtained by The Associated Press (AP). Even its own scientists are frustrated by this situation. Meanwhile Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general, along with his closest colleagues are more concerned about maintaining their political relations with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), than developing health policies to combat the virus.
The WHO is the most important agency in the world regarding health issues, therefore its partners expect that, in the face of a pandemic such as the one the whole world is suffering due to the CCP Virus, it will be the voice of command and recommend the policies to be followed based on the great amount of information it obtains from all member countries.
However, the WHO, far from reaching some kind of global consensus on the policies to be developed, has placed itself at the center of criticism for its inability to generate a credible message. It has been blamed for a long list of grotesque errors in its comments and recommendations, which seem to be more and more linked to political rather than to health issues.
The WHO is holding its annual meeting this week under intense pressure to make urgent reforms. According to leaked recordings of internal WHO meetings to which AP had access, there is great unease on the part of scientists and staff, with Dr. Thomas Grein, head of the major incident management team, saying internally that they had not gotten enough information from their Japanese counterparts, describing the situation as “very, very sensitive.”
Grein also told colleagues that WHO efforts to obtain more information about the outbreaks in Italy and elsewhere had “failed dramatically” in the face of concerns about the lack of action across Europe.
However, Ghebreyesus, the director-general, tweeted on March 8, “The government and people of Italy are taking bold, courageous steps to stop the spread of the coronavirus.”
Lawrence Gostin, director of the WHO Center for Collaboration on Public Health Law and Human Rights at Georgetown University, said according to AP, the WHO should be required to report when countries do not share data, saying it is dangerous for the agency to “fly blind.”
The result is a vicious circle with catastrophic results that are entirely to be expected. On the one hand, member countries do not provide sufficient information to the agency; on the other hand, the organization does not have the authority to demand this information. At the same time, despite not having sufficient information, the WHO issues comments and recommendations that are often completely wrong.
The organization’s increasingly manifest political interests, especially its closeness to the Chinese Communist Party, further casts doubt on its ability to play the role of world leader in health.
In fact, President Trump announced a suspension of U.S. funding for the WHO in April, stating that he was making grotesque mistakes related to the CCP Virus pandemic that were causing “many deaths”
“We want to investigate the World Health Organization because they really mischaracterized the virus. They didn’t take the call, they could have announced it months earlier, they should have known, and they probably did,” President Trump said at the time.
He added, “They seem to be very focused on China. That’s a good way to put it, but they seem to be very focused on China and they seem to be always on China’s side.”
Democratic candidate Joe Biden, as reported by the BBC, promised during the campaign that he would reverse President Trump’s decision to freeze WHO funds “from day one” if he won the election.
During the annual meeting of the WHO, Ghebreyesus, despite the lack of official confirmation and so far only a media statement, congratulated on behalf of the organization “President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, and we look forward to working closely with this administration,” according to Reuters.