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#China and the #WHO's chief: Hold them both accountable for pandemic👍

Tedros turned a blind eye to what happened in #Wuhan & in China & after meeting with Xi in January, has helped China to play down the severity & scope of the #coronavirus outbreak
thehill.com/opinion/intern…
From the outset, Tedros defended China despite its gross mismanagement of #coronavirus. As cases & deaths soared, WHO took months to declare the outbreak as a pandemic, even though it had met the criteria of transmission between people, high fatality rates & worldwide spread.
When Trump took a critical step to stop coronavirus at US borders by issuing a travel ban on Jan. 31, Tedros said widespread travel bans & restrictions were not needed to stop the outbreak & could “have the effect of increasing fear & stigma, with little public health benefit”
He warned that interfering with transportation and trade could harm efforts to address the crisis, and advised other countries not to follow the U.S. lead.
When he should have been focusing on global counter-pandemic efforts, Tedros instead was politicizing the crisis and helping Xi to shirk his responsibility for a series of wrongdoings in addressing the outbreak.
We note China’s connections to Tedros’s homeland of Ethiopia, now called East Africa’s “Little China” because it has become China’s bridgehead to influence Africa and a key to China’s Belt and Road initiative there. Indeed, China has invested heavily in Ethiopia.
Tedros was elected to his position with the WHO in 2017, despite the fact that he was not trained as a medical doctor and had no global health management experience.
After he became the WHO’s chief, critics questioned Tedros’s attempt to appoint then-Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugabe as a WHO goodwill ambassador.
The coronavirus pandemic has shown that Tedros is not fit to lead the WHO. Because of his leadership, the world may have missed a critical window to halt the pandemic or mitigate its virulence.
The world is now battling rising infections and many countries have imposed restrictions. As leader of the WHO, Tedros should be held accountable for his role in mismanaging efforts to control the spread of the virus.
#Taiwan says #WHO failed to act on #coronavirus transmission warning

Relationship with #Beijing blamed for not sharing alert over human-to-human infection

Taipei alerted the WHO at the end of December about the risk of human-to-human transmission
ft.com/content/2a70a0…
Health officials in Taipei said they alerted the WHO at the end of December about the risk of human-to-human transmission of the new virus but said its concerns were not passed on to other countries.
When it comes to cover ups, #WHO's chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has a well established career.

3 cover ups during his time as Health Minister in Ethiopia from Wikipedia. Via @jamesBickerinJr 👇👇👇
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