The role of China in unleasing the deadly Wuhan virus is already too well known. However, the dubious role of WHO, especially its Director-General Dr. Tedros in either shielding China or delaying the declaration of the pandemic needs a thorough investigation.
China has been investing big money to buy out journalists including those from India. A report in Guardian on December 7, 2018, reveals the facts so clearly. One must read this whole report
to understand the same. Consider it to be prologue.
Now let me take you a bit through the WHO boss Dr. Tedros. You should know that he is the first non-doctor (he is Dr for Ph.D.) Director-General of WHO. This all happened for his loyalty to China being health minister Ethiopia. Check this Screenshot.
Dr Tedros won the election against a well-qualified candidate despite widely covered accusations that he covered up three different cholera epidemics as health minister in Ethiopia. You may read about the controversy here. https://t.co/Pc5afUdzgr?amp=1 One must not miss what happened next. On 18 October 2017, Dr. Tedros announced that he had chosen Dictator President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, a notorious human rights violator to serve as a WHO Goodwill Ambassador
. But on 23 October 2017, he backed off from the decision after an international outcry. The allegations were serious and are somehow able to explain the currents stand of WHO.
“Diplomats said (Mugabe’s) appointment was a political payoff from Tedros to China, a long-time ally of Mugabe, and the 50 or so African states that helped to secure Tedros’s election earlier this year,” wrote Rebecca Myers in The Times on Oct 22, 2017. She further writes: Chinese diplomats had campaigned hard for the Ethiopian, using Beijing’s financial clout and opaque aid budget to build support for him among developing countries." The whole report can be read here
CNN columnist Frida Ghitis noted in Washington Post on 26/10/17 that China worked tirelessly behind the scenes to help Tedros defeat the UK candidate Dr. David Nabarro. Tedros’s victory was also a victory for Beijing, whose leader Xi has made public his goal of flexing China’s muscle in the world.” The report for can be read here
I am sure that what follows below has reasons above. Feb 2, 2020, WHO Chief Dr Tedros urges
Countries Not to Close Borders to Foreigners From China. Why? Was he wanting Pandemic Chinese Virus to spread in mass? By then China already had 20K+ cases. I'll go more into details of how WHO has played the devil in Chinese Virus but before that, I'll like you to know more about the history.
China’s influence in the WHO is also clearly visible in the organization’s treatment of Taiwan. Since China acceded to the UN in 1971, it has periodically blocked Taiwan’s WHO membership on the grounds that the democratically governed island is part of China. 2009-16, China allowed Taiwan to join the World Health Assembly, as an observer under the name Chinese Taipei. After the election of President Tsai Ing-wen in 2016, cross-strait relations chilled causing China to block Taiwan
’s future participation.
One must not forget this tweet by WHO on January 14, 2020, though Taiwan had warned of the same to former on December 31, 2019. So to put it precisely, Taiwan had warned of human-human transmission of Chinese Virus but WHO concluded with negative post
two weeks. What does it imply? WHO became part of a conspiracy to let the virus spread? I must tell you that Taiwan’s exclusion has very real consequences:
1. WHO is an indispensable source of infos for countries’ health departments. Without a membership, Taiwan relies on China’s health dept for outbreak infos with delays & errors.
2. The WHO’s inclusion of Taiwan as part of China’s territory overstates the scale of the outbreak on the island leading to unmerited economic and diplomatic consequences. Mainland cases of #COVID2019 are now above 80,000 with over 3,300 deaths. Taiwan has 267 so far.
However, multiple countries including Italy, Mongolia, Vietnam, El Salvador, and the Philippines used the WHO country classification as justification to restrict travel from Taiwan. Does Taiwan deserve it?
Though, the Philippines and Vietnam eventually reversed their travel bans on Taiwan, the island nation’s continued exclusion from the WHO. What could it mean? So, while China wants to exploit resources of Taiwan, it minimizes any possibility of its development and betterment.
Let's come back to WHO's actions again. Dr. Tedros’ inaction stands in striking contrast to the WHO’s actions during the 2003 SARS outbreak (China). Then WHO DG Dr. Gro Harlem B declared the WHO’s first travel advisory in 55 years which recommended against travel to & from the disease epicenter in southern China
. But Dr. Tedros urges not to close Borders to Foreigners From China on Feb 2, 2020. Dr. Brundtland also criticized China for threatening global health by attempting to cover up the outbreak through its usual playbook of arresting whistleblowers and censoring media. It happened in 2003.
In contrast Dr. Tedros is an advocate for the Chinese government’s #COVID2019 response. On Jan 28, he met Xi Jinping in Beijing & commended China for “setting a new standard for outbreak control” & praised the country’s top leadership for its“openness to sharing information”. Now the world knows what China (CCP) has done with whistleblowers. You may read report here
(The author is a writer, researcher and a architect. The article is a compilation of his tweets)