Coronavirus: WHO chief urges end to ‘politicisation’ of virus

An advisor to the WHO chief earlier said that their close work with China had been “absolutely essential” in understanding the disease in its early stages.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus WHO
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus WHO

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has urged unity, a day after the agency came under fire from US President Donald Trump.

Speaking on Wednesday, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus defended the WHO’s work and called for an end to the politicisation of Covid-19.

Mr Trump said Tuesday he would consider ending US funding for the agency.

The president accused the WHO of being “very China-centric” and said they “really blew” their pandemic response.

Dr Tedros has now dismissed the comments, insisting: “We are close to every nation, we are colour-blind.”

Covid-19 first emerged last December in the Chinese city of Wuhan, which has just ended an 11-week lockdown.

An advisor to the WHO chief earlier said that their close work with China had been “absolutely essential” in understanding the disease in its early stages.

Read: Trump threatens to stop WHO funding as NY deaths pass 9/11 fatalities

Mr Trump’s comments came in the context of criticism of his own administration’s handling of the pandemic.

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