The World Health Organization has hit back at President Trump after he threatened to minimize US funding over its dealing with of the coronvirus disaster.

Trump has been locked in a battle of phrases with the WHO and tried to blame the UN company for not warning the world sooner in regards to the impending pandemic that originated in China.

The president has come below hearth himself from Democrats and different world leaders for downplaying the hazard the virus posed to the US at the identical time as referring to it because the ‘China virus’.

Yesterday Trump savaged the WHO and branded it ‘China centric’, saying it ‘known as it improper’ and ‘missed the decision’.

Today Dr Hans Kluge, the WHO’s regional director for Europe, defended the group. 

He stated: ‘We are actually in an acute part of the pandemic – now is just not the time to minimize back on funding.’ 

Dr Bruce Aylward, senior advisor to the WHO Director-General, additionally defended the U.N. company’s relationship with China, saying its work with Beijing authorities was vital to perceive the outbreak which started in Wuhan in December.

“It was absolutely critical in the early part of this outbreak to have full access to everything possible, to get on the ground and work with the Chinese to understand this,” he instructed reporters.

“This is what we did with every other hard-hit country like Spain and had nothing to do with China specifically.”

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President Trump, joined by members of the Coronavirus Task Force, talking at a briefing at the White House yesterday 

World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping shaking hands in Beijing on January 28 to discuss how to curb the spread of coronavirus

World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping shaking arms in Beijing on January 28 to talk about how to curb the unfold of coronavirus

World Health Organization criticized for its response to the coronavirus disaster 

The World Health Organization has been criticized for placing the world at threat by credulously accepting China’s details about the coronavirus pandemic regardless of widespread accusations of a cover-up.

INITIAL RESPONSE TO OUTBREAK

As concern in regards to the disaster growing in Wuhan grew in December, the WHO parroted the Chinese authorities’s line stating there was ‘no clear proof of human-to-human transmission’.

The United Nations company then took one other week to right that assertion.

EFFUSIVE PRAISE FOR CHINESE OFFICIALS

The World Health Organisation and its chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus heaped reward on the Chinese repsonse to the virus even because it unfold around the globe.

After a gathering in Beijing in January, Dr Tedros stated: ‘Its actions really helped stop the unfold of coronavirus to different nations.’ He stated he was ‘very impressed and inspired by the president’s detailed data of the outbreak.’

ACCEPTANCE OF CHINESE STATISTICS

The WHO has additionally been criticized for not standing up to the disinformation coming from Beijing, which has been accused of downplaying the seriousness of the outbreak and misreporting its true dying toll figures.

In whole China has solely reported 3,200 coronavirus deaths, regardless of claims that the true determine is nearer to 40,000 in Wuhan alone.

ACCUSATIONS OF RACISM

Dr Tedros has at occasions known as out different nations for his or her dealing with of the disaster.

In specific he lamented the ‘degree of stigma we’re observing’ in reference to the language utilized by President Trump to describe it because the ‘China virus’.

CRITICISM OF TRUMP’S TRAVEL BAN

On January 31, the Trump administration introduced journey restrictions on folks coming from China due to the outbreak.

But on February 3, WHO stated such bans on journey and commerce weren’t wanted.

As the contagion started to unfold outdoors of Wuhan the place it originated, the WHO reassured the world that the virus was a regional drawback.

Most nations have since adopted the identical stringent ‘keep at house’ guidelines and others have imposed lockdowns limiting residents’ actions.

REFUSAL TO DECLARE A GLOBAL HEALTH EMERGENCY

In late January, when the virus had already unfold to a number of nations, a WHO emergency committee debated whether or not to declare COVID-19 a ‘public well being emergency of worldwide concern’.

However Dr Tedros declined amid Beijing’s objections and as an alternative traveled to China, earlier than lastly making the declaration per week afterward January 30.

At the time he stated: ‘The Chinese authorities is to be congratulated for the extraordinary measures it has taken.

‘I left in completely little question about China’s dedication to transparency.’

Also in late January, Tedros complimented China’s President Xi Jinping for the nation’s dealing with of the virus, because the Chinese chief centralized the response after native officers in Wuhan could not hold the outbreak below management.

He additionally stated his administration would look into whether or not the US would withdraw its $513m funding.

At a each day press briefing on Tuesday, Trump accused the WHO of mishandling the coronavirus outbreak and stated: ‘We’re going to put a maintain on cash spent to the WHO.

‘They known as it improper, they known as it improper, they missed the decision.’

‘They ought to have recognized they usually in all probability did know,’ he added, suggesting the WHO was withholding details about the coronavirus.

The president has adopted the lead of distinguished conservatives in complaining that the WHO has been too pleasant to China in the course of the coronavirus disaster.

When requested by reporters whether or not it was smart to slash funding to the WHO throughout a time of emergency, the president shortly backtracked and stated he was solely wanting right into a doable suspension of funds. 

Today Dr Kluge defended the WHO, as did the UN.

Stephane Dujarric, a UN spokesman, rejected Trump’s criticism of the WHO and backed director-general, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, for his ‘super work’.

‘For the Secretary General [Antonio Guterres] it’s clear that WHO, below the management of Dr Tedros, has executed super work on COVID in supporting nations with thousands and thousands of items of apparatus being shipped out, on serving to nations with coaching, on offering international tips. 

‘WHO is exhibiting the power of the worldwide well being system’, he instructed reporters.

Dujarric added the WHO additionally lately did ‘super work’ in placing its employees on the frontlines to efficiently battle Ebola, an infectious and sometimes deadly illness within the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Dr Bruce Aylward, senior adviser to Dr Tedros, additionally defended the WHO, saying its work with Beijing was vital in forming an understanding of the outbreak.

He stated: ‘It was completely vital within the early a part of this outbreak to have full entry to all the pieces doable, to get on the bottom and work with the Chinese to perceive this.

‘This is what we did with each different exhausting hit nation like Spain and had nothing to do with China particularly.’ 

Earlier on Tuesday, Trump attacked the WHO on his social media web page for being ‘China centric’.

He wrote on Twitter: ‘The W.H.O. actually blew it. For some motive, funded largely by the United States, but very China centric. We will probably be giving {that a} good look.’ 

Trump stated close to the beginning of his virus briefing yesterday: ‘The WHO, that is the World Health Organization, receives huge quantities of cash from the United States and we pay for a majority.

‘The largest portion of their cash, they usually really criticized and disagreed with my journey ban at the time I did it. 

‘And they had been improper. They’ve been improper about lots of issues.’

‘And that they had lots of info early they usually did not need to – they appeared to be very China centric,’ he stated, altering the purpose he was attempting to make mid-sentence.

It comes because the folks of Wuhan had been allowed to emerge from their properties on Tuesday for the primary time since January 23. 

And whereas the world had appeared on at these measures with consternation – because the WHO reassured us the virus was a regional drawback – most developed nations have now adopted the identical stringent ‘keep at house’ guidelines. 

Later within the briefing Trump threatened to minimize off the WHO’s provide of cash from the United States.

Trump added: ‘We’re going to put a maintain on cash spent to the WHO. We’re going to put a really highly effective maintain on it. And we’re going to see. 

‘It’s an amazing factor when it really works however after they name each shot improper that is not good. They are at all times on the aspect of China.’

Later when the president was requested if it was a sensible transfer to minimize off funds to the foremost international well being group throughout a worldwide pandemic he backed away from his earlier risk.

‘I’m not saying I’m going to do it, however I’m going to look at it,’ Trump pledged.

The president was later requested why he thought the WHO was ‘China centric’.

Trump responded: ‘I do not know, they appear to come down on the aspect of China.

‘Don’t shut your borders to China, do not do that, they do not report what’s actually occurring, they did not see it and but they had been there. 

‘They did not see what was occurring in Wuhan…they will need to have seen it, however they did not report it.’

World Health Organisation (WHO) European director Hans Kluge defended the agency after Trump threatened to cut funding. He is pictured (above) during a joint press conference on the Danish handling of coronavirus last month

World Health Organisation (WHO) European director Hans Kluge defended the company after Trump threatened to minimize funding. He is pictured (above) throughout a joint press convention on the Danish dealing with of coronavirus final month

WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been criticized for his response to the coronavirus outbreak

WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been criticized for his response to the coronavirus outbreak 

WHO hits back at Trump after he threatened to withdraw funding over coronavirus response

Trump was following the lead of American conservatives together with Florida Sen. Rick Scott who positioned blame on WHO for ‘serving to Communist China cowl up a worldwide pandemic.’

At the identical time, Democratic governors, lawmakers and pundits have condemned Trump’s response in combatting the virus, suggesting he did too little, too late.

On January 31, the Trump administration introduced journey restrictions on folks coming from China due to the outbreak.

But on February 3, WHO stated such bans weren’t wanted.

‘Fortunately I rejected their recommendation on conserving our borders open to China early on,’ Trump tweeted on Tuesday.

‘Why did they offer us such a defective suggestion?’ the president requested. 

Trump suggested he might cut the US's funding that goes toward WHO, calling the United Nations agency 'very China centric'

Trump urged he would possibly minimize the US’s funding that goes towards WHO, calling the United Nations company ‘very China centric’ 

WHO hits back at Trump after he threatened to withdraw funding over coronavirus response

WHO can also be nonetheless not recommending that each particular person wears a masks, whereas the US’s Centers of Disease Control made the voluntary suggestion final week.

Martha McSally, an Arizona Republican, joined Trump in slamming the WHO for repeating China’s place on the virus and known as for Tedros to step down.

She instructed Fox Business Network: ‘They [the WHO] want to come clear and one other piece of that is, the WHO has to cease protecting for them [China]. I feel Dr. Tedros wants to step down.

‘We want to take some actions to tackle this difficulty. It’s simply irresponsible, it is unconscionable what they’ve executed right here whereas we’ve got folks dying throughout the globe,’ McSally added.

Today Kluge additionally warned towards lifting strict lockdowns in place throughout Europe and the US and stated it was ‘harmful’ to assume the disaster is slowing down. 

He described the present scenario on the continent as ‘very regarding’, including: ‘Now is just not the time to chill out measures.’  

A tweet from the WHO in January pushing out the disinformation fed to it by Beijing about the virus, which  it was reticent to declare a pandemic

A tweet from the WHO in January pushing out the disinformation fed to it by Beijing in regards to the virus, which  it was reticent to declare a pandemic

WHO hits back at Trump after he threatened to withdraw funding over coronavirus response

In a press briefing this morning, Dr Kluge stated: ‘To assume we’re coming shut to an finish level is a harmful factor to do.

‘The virus leaves no room for complacency. Relaxing lockdown measures requires cautious consideration.’

He added the upcoming Easter weekend was ‘not the time’ to chill out restrictions, regardless of the promise of fine climate throughout a lot of Europe.

Dr Kluge stated: ‘This is just not the time to decrease our guard. We should soldier on. We are on this collectively and we are going to get by this collectively.’

In comes as promising developments within the pandemic emerged from Wuhan – the Chinese metropolis the place the disaster started in December – right now because it lifted the lockdown. 

People dwelling within the metropolis, house to 11million folks, had been allowed to journey elsewhere for the primary time because it was sealed off on January 23. 

Data right now confirmed the variety of folks with coronavirus signs has dropped because the UK’s lockdown began two weeks in the past.

The career-politician operating ‘China-centric’ WHO: After Trump’s swipe at well being physique, how Tedros Ghebreyesus grew to become first non-doctor to turn out to be Director-General ‘following lobbying from Beijing’

 ByChris Pleasance for MailOnline

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a little-known determine earlier than the coronavirus pandemic, has risen to prominence as Director-General of the World Health Organisation which is spearheading international responses to the virus.

Dr Tedros – who has by no means practised as a medical physician – is a profession politician who was born in what’s now Eritrea, studied within the UK, then rose to the highest of Ethiopia’s authorities first as Health Minister after which Foreign Minister earlier than being elected to lead the WHO in 2017.

He is now going through heavy criticism over his dealing with of the pandemic, particularly for reward he heaped on China’s communist celebration for its response – hailing the regime’s ‘dedication to transparency’ and saying the velocity with which it detected the virus was ‘past phrases’.

That has led to allegations – principally lately made by Donald Trump – that the WHO is ‘China-centric’, a place that the US President has promised to ‘look into’.

Trump has threatened to droop US funding to the WHO till an investigation has been carried out, whereas suggesting that they withheld info on the virus. 

Dr Tedros (left) became the first African head of the WHO and the first non-medical doctor to hold the role when he was elected in 2017, amid allegations of heavy lobbying by China (pictured, Dr Tedros in Beijing shortly after his election)

Dr Tedros (left) grew to become the primary African head of the WHO and the primary non-medical physician to maintain the position when he was elected in 2017, amid allegations of heavy lobbying by China (pictured, Dr Tedros in Beijing shortly after his election)

Before ascending to the top ranks of the WHO, Dr Tedros studied in the UK and served Ethiopia's ruling left-wing coalition as health minister and then as foreign minister (pictured in the role in 2015)

Before ascending to the highest ranks of the WHO, Dr Tedros studied within the UK and served Ethiopia’s ruling left-wing coalition as well being minister after which as international minister (pictured within the position in 2015)

Indeed, it’s not the primary time that Dr Tedros has been accused of cosying up to China. Shortly after his election victory in 2017, it was alleged that Chinese diplomats had been closely concerned in lobbying for him.

UN data additionally present that Chinese contributions to each Ethiopia’s help funds and the WHO have considerably elevated throughout occasions when he was in high management positions.

Dr Tedros – who’s married and has 5 kids – was born in 1965 in Asmara, then a part of Ethiopia at the time however now in Eritrea. 

As a baby he noticed his youthful brother die to an an infection, which he believes was measles, which he later stated spurred his dedication to work on well being and well being coverage.

He graduated from college in Ethiopia in 1986 with a level in biology and went to work as a well being official within the regime of Marxist dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam as a part of the Derg navy junta.

According to the BBC, Dr Tedros then joined the hard-left/Communist TPLF which helped to overthrow Mariam in 1991 earlier than changing into a part of the EPRDF, a coalition of left-wing events that dominated Ethiopia till final yr.

Dr Tedros (pictured with his family) was widely praised during his tenure as Ethiopia's health minister for helping to lower rates of measles, malaria, and HIV/AIDS as well as building thousands of health centres and hiring thousands of medics

Dr Tedros (pictured together with his household) was extensively praised throughout his tenure as Ethiopia’s well being minister for serving to to decrease charges of measles, malaria, and HIV/AIDS in addition to constructing 1000’s of well being centres and hiring 1000’s of medics

Around the identical time as Mariam’s ouster, Dr Tedros left Ethiopia and got here to the UK the place he studied at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, graduating with Masters of Science in Immunology of Infectious Diseases in 1992.

He then went on to research at the University of Nottingham, the place he obtained a PhD in group well being in 2000.

After this, he returned to Ethiopia the place he joined the well being ministry and rose by the ranks from regional well being minister all the way in which to nationwide Minister for Heath – a place he took up in 2005.

During his tenure, which lasted till 2012, he was extensively praised for opening 1000’s of well being centres, using tens of 1000’s of medics, bringing down charges of HIV/AIDS, measles and malaria, in addition to bringing info expertise and the web into the heath system.

In November 2012 he was promoted to Foreign Minister, and was extensively hailed for serving to to negotiate a lift in UN funding for Ethiopia, together with as a part of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda.

Indeed, UN funding records present that round this time the nation obtained thousands and thousands in further funding – together with from China, which had beforehand given little or nothing to assist the nation.

In 2015 and 2016 China gave some $16million to Ethiopia in spending commitments and money contributions, largely in assist of meals or refugee programmes.

The WHO Director is known for his hands-on approach, often personally visiting countries affected by disease outbreaks - including the Democratic Republic of Congo which was hit by Ebola in 2018 (pictured)

The WHO Director is understood for his hands-on method, typically personally visiting nations affected by illness outbreaks – together with the Democratic Republic of Congo which was hit by Ebola in 2018 (pictured)

In 2011, simply earlier than Dr Tedros took up the position, and in 2017, simply after he left, China handed over one other $44million in commitments and contributions.

Its whole contributions outdoors of this era, relationship back to the yr 2000, had been simply $345,000. 

In 2017, Dr Tedros left the Ethiopian authorities and entered the operating for Director-General of the WHO because the tenure of Dr Margaret Chan, a Canadian-Chinese doctor, was coming to an finish.

The election was the primary to happen below a system of polling all UN member states as a part of a secret poll. Previously, leaders had been chosen by a closed-door vote of an govt committee.

Eventually the sector was boiled down to two candidates – Dr Tedros and Briton Dr David Nabarro, a life-long doctor who had helped lead UN responses to earlier outbreaks together with chook flu, the cholera outbreak in Haiti, and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Dr Tedros received the poll by a reported 133 votes to 50, changing into the primary African chief of the WHO and the primary non-medic to maintain the position. His victory got here partially thanks to 50 out of 54 African states voting for him.

However, he shortly mired himself in controversy by recommending African dictator Robert Mugabe as a WHO Goodwill Ambassador, amid allegations he attempting to repay favours granted in the course of the election.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus arriving for a press conference following an International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on an Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo in 2018

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus arriving for a press convention following an International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on an Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo in 2018

There had been reviews that the transfer was additionally meant to reward China, a long-time supporter of Mugabe, for utilizing its affect to have him elected.

A report in The Times stated: ‘Chinese diplomats had campaigned exhausting for the Ethiopian, utilizing Beijing’s monetary clout and opaque help funds to construct assist for him amongst growing nations. 

‘China has praised the authoritarian improvement mannequin of Ethiopia’s regime, which guidelines below emergency powers and has put down pro-democracy protests.’

During the 2017 election itself, a number of teams inside Ethiopia opposed Dr Tedros’s appointment due to his hyperlinks with the TPLF and allegations that they stifled journalists and repressed minorities.

Dr Tedros was additionally accused of protecting up three separate cholera outbreaks in 2006, 2008 and 2011 by mis-reporting it as ‘watery diarrhea’, allegations he dismissed as a ‘smear marketing campaign’ by his British rival.

Following his election to the WHO, Dr Tedros vowed to reform the organisation by inserting an emphasis on common healthcare at its centre whereas additionally growing funding.

Further UN funding records present that, throughout his tenure, assessed contributions to the WHO by China have additionally risen considerably – from roughly $23million in 2016 to $38million in 2019.

Coronavirus has now killed tens of thousands of people worldwide and sickened more than 1million after spreading to virtually every continent (pictured, medics in an ICU unit in hard-hit Italy)

Coronavirus has now killed tens of 1000’s of individuals worldwide and sickened greater than 1million after spreading to just about each continent (pictured, medics in an ICU unit in hard-hit Italy)

China has additionally dedicated to an additional $57million in funding in 2020, although has but to pay the steadiness.

Meanwhile funding from different main world economies – together with the US, Russia, Japan and Germany – has remained largely flat and even fallen over the identical interval.

Assessed contributions make up solely round 1 / 4 of the WHO’s funds, the remainder of which comes from donations. 

MailOnline has contacted the WHO for remark, however had not heard back at the time of publication. This web site additionally reached out to the University of London and University of Nottingham to test biographical info on Dr Tedros, however had additionally not obtained a response.

Recent criticism of the WHO and Dr Tedros particularly stems from its dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic, and specifically its perceived closeness to authorities in Beijing.

Dr Tedros visited Beijing himself back in January and spoke with President Xi in regards to the nation’s response, returning to give a speech that praised the regime’s transparency, the velocity of its response, and credited it with saving lives each at house and abroad.

That is even supposing medics from Taiwan – which aren’t represented at the WHO since China claims it as a part of its nation – claimed to have raised issues in regards to the response as far back as December 2019.

Medics instructed the Financial Times that that they had anecdotal proof of human-to-human transmission of the virus, one thing China was denying at the time and a key think about turning the illness into a worldwide pandemic.

People wearing protective clothing and masks arrive at Hankou Railway Station in Wuhan, to board one of the first trains leaving the city in China's central Hubei province today

People carrying protecting clothes and masks arrive at Hankou Railway Station in Wuhan, to board one of many first trains leaving the town in China’s central Hubei province right now

They declare this was reported to the WHO on December 31, however not shared with different nations. China itself didn’t report human-to-human transmission till nearly a month later – January 20 – by which era the illness had started spreading all through the nation and internationally.

A petition calling for Dr Tedros’s resignation which started in Taiwan has now topped 750,000 signatures. 

China has additionally confronted allegations it tried to silence medics – together with the now-deceased Dr Li Wenliang – who first reported on the illness, and lined up early circumstances.

At his Tuesday night coronavirus briefing, Donald Trump took goal at the WHO, saying the US would think about suspending funding to the organisation till an investigation is carried out.

‘They known as it improper, they missed the decision,’ he stated, including: ‘They ought to have recognized they usually in all probability did know,’ suggesting the WHO was withholding details about the coronavirus.

‘The WHO, that is the World Health Organization, receives huge quantities of cash from the United States and we pay for a majority, the most important portion of their cash, they usually really criticized and disagreed with my journey ban at the time I did it,’ Trump stated close to the highest of the briefing. 

‘And they had been improper. They’ve been improper about lots of issues.

‘And that they had lots of info early they usually did not need to – they appeared to be very China centric,’ he stated,

Coronavirus has now contaminated at least 1.4million worldwide and killed greater than 80,000 – although these figures are extensively believed to be under-estimates. 

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