The World Health Organization has come under intense scrutiny for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic with U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration, China and Taiwan locked in a tussle of words.
Last week, Trump blamed the WHO for getting “every aspect” of the coronavirus pandemic wrong and threatened to withhold funding from the international organization. He also said on Twitter that the WHO is “China centric” even though the organization is largely funded by the U.S.
The latter Trump comment echoes many of the top critiques of the WHO, such as too readily trusting information reported by China.
Japanese deputy prime minister and finance minister Taro Aso said in parliament that some have started calling the World Health Organization the “Chinese Health Organization,” NHK reported.
WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned global leaders against politicizing the Covid-19 outbreak “if you don’t want to have many more body bags.”
Taiwan v. Tedros