The World Well being Group’s director-general mentioned Monday that the company had sounded the best stage of alarm over the novel coronavirus early on, however lamented that not all international locations had heeded its recommendation.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus identified that the WHO warned the COVID-19 outbreak constituted a “Public Well being Emergency of Worldwide Concern” on January 30, when there have been no deaths and solely 82 instances registered exterior China.
“The world ought to have listened to WHO then, fastidiously,” he instructed a digital press briefing.
The organisation has confronted scathing criticism from US President Donald Trump, who earlier this month suspended Washington’s funding after accusing WHO of downplaying the seriousness of the outbreak and kowtowing to China, the place the novel coronavirus first surfaced late final yr.
Trump has offered no proof to assist his claims.
Tedros insisted that the UN well being company had offered sound recommendation from the start “based mostly on the most effective science and proof”.
However he burdened although that “we don’t have any mandate to power international locations… to take our recommendation.”
When the WHO introduced on January 30 that the novel coronavirus represented “the best stage of emergency… each nation might have triggered all its public well being measures,” Tedros identified.
“I believe that suffices the significance of listening to WHO’s recommendation.”
“We suggested the entire world to implement a complete public well being strategy, and we mentioned discover, check, isolate, and do contact tracing,” he mentioned.
“You may examine for yourselves: international locations who adopted which might be in a greater place than others. That is truth.”
“It’s as much as the international locations to reject or settle for,” he mentioned.
“Every nation takes its personal accountability.”
The pandemic has claimed greater than 206,000 lives and contaminated practically three million individuals, in response to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP Monday.
The US has the best variety of deaths at practically 55,000, out of shut to 1 million registered instances.
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