Secretary of State Mike Pompeo singled out the World Health Organization (WHO) for being unable to halt the coronavirus international pandemic, saying “it had one job, to protect the world from a pandemic, and it didn’t get it done.”
Pompeo, speaking to the Washington Examiner, known as the WHO’s response an “abject failure” and mentioned the virus “makes clear that international organizations aren’t necessarily good just because they’re a multilateral organization.” He pointed to how the Chinese Communist Party had coerced the WHO “to be quiet about the scope and nature of this pandemic.”
Earlier this month, Pompeo urged WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom to incorporate Taiwan on this week’s World Health Assembly (WHA), however the WHO mentioned it could not due to “divergent views,” after China mentioned it “deplores and opposes” together with Taipei within the gathering. Taiwan said
WHO officers, together with Tedros, have beforehand praised China for its response to the virus. “China is doing the right things, and China is responding in a massive way,” Dr. Michael Ryan, govt director of the WHO Health Emergencies Program, said in late January. “We’ve seen no obvious lack of transparency.”
But President Trump has slammed the WHO for being “very China centric,” and halted U.S. funding to the WHO final month. On Sunday, Axios reported that Trump supposed to make the full funding reduce everlasting, after being on the verge of asserting that the U.S. would “agree to pay up to what China pays in assessed contributions” to the WHO. Fox News’s Tucker Carlson, who broke information Friday of the potential reinstatement, slammed the transfer.
Tedros said in April that “the world should have listened to the WHO” about coronavirus, including that “we advised the whole world to implement a comprehensive public health approach — find, test, contact tracing and so on. The countries who followed that are in a better position than others.”