Since its origination 112 years ago almost to the day, the World Health Organization (WHO) has been credited with the near eradication of several devastating illnesses. Smallpox, leprosy, river blindness, the list goes on.
The record of their success just makes their current corruption of how they handle pandemics all the more shameful.
On December 30, Chinese doctor Li Wenliang warned colleagues about the outbreak of an illness resembling severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which sparked a pandemic in 2003. Public-health officials usually rely on the acuity of doctors like Li for deadly disease warnings but, instead, Chinese authorities summoned him to the Public Security Bureau in Wuhan on accusations that he made false statements and disrupted the public order.
The Chinese Communist Party then followed up with numerous arrests and publicly warned that they would punish anyone spreading “rumors” on social media about COVID-19. By mid January, Chinese doctors knew COVID-19 was spreading between humans, BUT on January 14, the World Health Organization stated there was “no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel Coronavirus.”
Two weeks later, World Health organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus flew to Beijing for a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, who so impressed Tedros that he “set a new standard for outbreak control,” and praised their “openness for sharing information.” Hmmm.
Dr. Li may disagree with this sentiment but was never able to voice his opinion as he shortly died after contracting COVID-19.
On January 23, the World Health Organization was still in discussion on whether to declare COVID-19 a public-health emergency or not. International observers and committee members were arguing over the Chinese health data so much so that it delayed its decision, affecting the mobilization of public-health resources around the world. They finally declared an emergency on January 30.
When President Trump limited travel from China to the U.S. on January 31 he bought the U.S some precious time but the record is clear. The World Health Organization failed the nations full of Chinese disinformation and slow responses to a domestic outbreak.
Looking back at things the Chinese government invested pretty wisely. They backed up Pedro’s bid to run the World Health Organization in 2017, seeking to plant an ally in the U.N. leadership. Who better than a leftist political operative with a history of covering up health emergencies? He’s already covered up three cholera epidemics in his home country Ethiopia when he was health minister. The Trump Administration opposed his campaign to lead the organization but couldn’t bypass China’s sway.
Congress and The Trump Administration are ready to investigate Chinese influence on the World Health Organization. It’s ironic to see Left media complaining about Trump jumping the gun against China when, for example, the New York Times wrote an entire piece on Tedro’s scandals just a few years ago. We demand transparency about its dealings with China and that they start to continually participate with serving the public interest. The world is paying the price for these unacceptable policies and inaccurate disease reports.