The Director General of the world health organization tedros adhanom Ghebreyesus at a press conference on 8 April called on world leaders not to politicize the issue of coronavirus. Press conference video published on YouTube.
Thus he responded to criticism of the organization by the President of the United States Donald trump.
Of ghebreyesus said that joining efforts is the only way to fight off the infection.
“My short message – please, “put in quarantine” the politicization of the virus… We must go against the party line, against the ideology… We should not waste time to blame anyone,” – said the head of the organization.
All countries must act in solidarity, he said.
“At the moment the main attention should be paid to combating the virus. There are many unknowns [about the new coronavirus], and we don’t know how it will behave in the future,” warned of Ghebreyesus.
He recalled that in the 1960s in the cold war era, the United States and the former Soviet Union teamed up to combat the outbreak of smallpox.
“And now the United States and China should unite and fight this dangerous enemy [cov], and the rest of the world must unite to fight together with them”, – said the Ghebreyesus.
The politicization of the topic of the coronavirus, he said, – “this is playing with fire”.
“If you don’t want to see a much larger number of bags with the bodies [of the victims of the coronavirus], then refrain from politicization”, – he said.
April 7, trump accused the who of “obsession with China” and said that considering the reduction of funding of the organization.
The budget of the world health organization is $4.8 billion, it is filled with various funds and the government, says Forbes. In 2017, the United States listed in the who’s budget, $111 million and $401 million was provided in the form of voluntary contributions (this is the last year for which there are data).
Flash coronavirus infection COVID-19 began in China in December 2019. March 11, the world health organization declared the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. According to data from the American Johns Hopkins University, the total number of infected people in the world exceeded 1.5 million, including more than 338 thousand was cured, and 89 915 died.
Trump has previously stated that coronavirus should be called “Chinese virus”, because the infection came from China. Beijing objected to this definition and called this baiting.