Director of World Health Organization to Trump: “Please don’t politicize the virus”

Amid the global fight against coronavirus, President Trump lashed out at the World Health Organization — accusing the premier health institution of not being aggressive enough in handling the pandemic.

“They called it wrong. They called it wrong. A really they missed the call. They could have called it months earlier. They would have known and they should have known. And they probably did know. So we’ll be looking into that very carefully.”

Trump took it a step further and threatened to take away funding from WHO.

In response to Trump’s criticism, the head of the WHO defended his agency’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis — and called on leaders not to politicize the virus or use it for political gain.

“The focus of all political parties should be to save their people. 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 bodybags, then you do it. If you don’t want many more body bags, then you refrain from politicizing it,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, World Health Organization director-general.

Early data from U.S. states show African-Americans are more likely to die from COVID-19 — highlighting glaring disparities in health and inequalities in access to healthcare, experts said.

Data from Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey and North Carolina show blacks are dying at a disproportionately higher rate compared with whites.

In Louisiana, African Americans comprised 70% of the patients — despite them only making up a third of the population.

In Illinois, only 15% of the population is black yet they account for 42% of the COVID 19-related deaths.

“Diseases like diabetes, hypertension, obesity and asthma are disproportionately afflicting the minority populations, particularly the African-Americans. Unfortunately, when you look at the predisposing conditions that lead to a bad outcome with coronavirus, the things that get people into ICUs that require intubation and often lead to death, they adjust those very co-morbidities that are unfortunately disproportionately prevalent in the African-American population,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci.

As of Wednesday, the U.S. now has more than 400,000 cases of COVID-19 and more than 13,000 deaths, along with more than 22,700 recoveries.

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  • Mario
    11 April 2020 at 3:09 am - Reply

    There are 15 UN agencies, China control 4 of the Agency, WHO is one of the most powerful agencies because newly invented drugs will be registered to the WHO. The French registered special drugs and they were wondering why China is manufacturing with a different brand name. They thought their computer was hacked by the Chinese but suspected it leaked from WHO records. The US gave $2.5Billion in 5 yrs and 1.5B voluntary donation to WHO.US gave 20% funding and 2% from China. Trump is under IMPEACHMENT from DEC 18 to FEB 5. On Jan 20 DirGEN TEDROS issued the report from China that the CV19 is not contagious and found no evidence of Human to Human transmission. It also praised China for its transparency and excluded Taiwan from WHO. On Jan 24 TRUMP order the travel ban to China, it was implemented on Jan 31, also the Task Force Virus was created.TEDROS criticized US decision being anti-Chinese want an open border. Impeachment ended on Feb5. To summarized the US continues to fund WHO for $58B.