U.S. assails WHO ‘failure’ in pandemic, saying it cost ‘many lives’

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar speaks throughout a information briefing on the administration’s response to the coronavirus on the White House in Washington, U.S., March 15, 2020. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United States mentioned on Monday that the pandemic had “spun out of control” in nice half as a result of a pricey “failure” by the World Health Organization, and known as for a more practical WHO.

“There was a failure by this organization to obtain the information that the world needed, and that failure cost many lives,” U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar informed the WHO’s two-day annual meeting being held on-line.

Azar, with out naming China mentioned: “In an apparent attempt to conceal this outbreak, at least one member state made a mockery of their transparency obligations, with tremendous costs for the entire world.”

“We saw that WHO failed at its core mission of information sharing and transparency when member states do not act in good faith. This cannot ever happen again,” he added.

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay and Emma Farge