AGENCIES, Genava: The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday defended the organization’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, at one point directly responding to criticisms, levelled by President Donald Trump, reported Reuters.
WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called for unity and a halt to “politicization” of the global health crisis, specifically urging China and the United States to show “honest leadership”.
“Please don’t politicize this virus. It exploits the differences you have at the national level. If you want to be exploited and if you want to have many more body bags, then you do it,” Ghebreyesus said at a news conference in Geneva.
“If you don’t want many more body bags, then you refrain from politicizing it. My short message is: Please quarantine politicizing COVID. The unity of your country will be very important to defeat this dangerous virus,” he added.
Earlier, during a White House press briefing on Tuesday, Trump criticised the WHO, claiming it had downplayed the virus, and threatened to pull out funding for the organization, though he later backtracked from such talk.
“I’m not saying I’m going to do it, but we are going to look at it,” Trump said.