BIG SLAP IN THE FACE: Why the world turned on the WHO over COVID-19
Saturday - 18/04/2020 11:12
The World Health Organisation has blood on its hands for helping China cover up the deadly coronavirus outbreak – but something it said this week was the final straw.
When Donald Trump announced this week that he was cutting funding to the World Health Organisation, the kneejerk howls of outrage seemed a little less enthusiastic than normal.
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called it “senseless”, the European Union said there was “no reason” to cut funding, while the African Union said it was “surprised to learn of a campaign” by the US government against the WHO and its leader Tedros Ghebreyesus.
Dr Tedros, a microbiologist who rose to government in Ethiopia in the 90s as a member of the Marxist revolutionary group the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, told a media conference Wednesday “we regret the decision” and that “when we’re divided the virus exploits the cracks between us”.
He had earlier accused Mr Trump of “politicising COVID” and warned, “We will have many body bags in front of us if we don’t behave.”
Even so, you could tell their hearts just weren’t in it.
It has become nearly impossible to defend the WHO – which up until recently was routinely criticised by all sides for waste, corruption and incompetence – against allegations it made the coronavirus pandemic worse by covering up for China in the crucial early stages in January and February.
“The WHO really blew it. For some reason, funded largely by the United States, yet very China-centric. We will be giving that a good look,” Mr Trump tweeted earlier this week, shortly before announcing he was cutting its $US400 million a year in funding.
But Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said Australia would not be following suit. “We rely on organisations like the WHO to deliver medical services and support to those on the ground (in developing nations),” he told 2GB. “Ours is a different perspective.”
Critics say Mr Trump is scapegoating the WHO to deflect from his own handling of the coronavirus.
Xiao Qiang, a research scientist at Berkeley, was monitoring China’s official statements about the outbreak in January when he noticed that the WHO often disturbingly echoed China’s propaganda.
“Particularly at the beginning, it was shocking when I again and again saw (Dr Tedros), when he spoke to the press … almost directly quoting what I read on the Chinese government’s statements,” he told The Atlantic.
The final straw came on Tuesday, however, with the WHO’s claim that alcohol “does not protect against COVID-19” and recommendation that governments “enforce measures which limit alcohol consumption” during lockdown.
“This is war,” tweeted conservative radio host Jesse Kelly.
The people who still defend the WHO are the same kind of people who see nothing wrong with the United Nations – of which the WHO is but one tentacle – appointing to its Human Rights Council countries that still behead people in the street.
The kind of people who paint their faces with EU flags and scream at the sky.
After telling Dr Tedros and his colleagues “how much gratitude so many people in the UK and all over the world have for all of you”, she went on to plug her YouTube video explaining her theory about the link between climate change and coronavirus.
Stay tuned post-pandemic, as this will no doubt be a rich vein of taxpayer-funded research in coming years.
“But my question really is, what can we do to help you?” she concluded.
“Because I would like to create a human shield around you, but that's not possible, and I want to know if there's anything that the world can do for the organisation that is guiding us.”