US Criticizes the WHO for Opaqueness

  • The United States once again criticized the World Health Organization for not being transparent enough.
  • China has formed an investigation team to investigate how the virus spread across species.
  • Due to the new coronavirus pandemic this year, the 73rd World Health Assembly was held in a virtual manner.

The World Health Organization (WHO) resumed its meetings beginning from November 9 to 14. The United States once again criticized the World Health Organization for not being transparent enough. After the new coronavirus broke out in China at the beginning of the year, it spread to all parts of the world.

The World Health Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health. The WHO Constitution, which establishes the agency’s governing structure and principles, states its main objective as “the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.

The United States accused China of concealing key information related to the new coronavirus epidemic.

On Tuesday, it called on the international investigation team of the World Health Organization to uphold the principle of “transparency and participation” in the investigation of the origin of the new coronavirus.

The new coronavirus is suspected to have originated from a wild animal, and China has formed an investigation team to investigate how the virus spread across species.

An international investigation team led by the World Health Organization was formed in September. According to the terms of reference announced by the World Health Organization, the team will develop long-term investigations based on Chinese funds.

However, Garrett Grigsby of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services argued that the member states of the World Health Organization only learned of the existence of the reference clauses a few days before the General Assembly.

Grigsby also argued that these clauses had not been fully communicated with the member states. He believes that in order to achieve the goals of the resolution, it is necessary to plan with more “transparent and open participation.”

Regarding the investigation team, the Chinese Health Commission did not mention the investigation team in its speech on Tuesday, but said that China would support the leadership of the World Health Organization.

German Health Minister Jens Spahn said that he hopes that the investigation can be conducted in a completely transparent and cooperative manner. The UK believes that the investigation itself should be given priority, and hopes that the investigation process and results can be based on solid science.

Unfinished Business from May

Michael Joseph Ryan is an Irish former trauma surgeon and epidemiologist specialising in infectious disease and public health. He is executive director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Programme, leading the team responsible for the international containment and treatment of COVID-19.

Due to the new coronavirus pandemic this year, the 73rd World Health Assembly was held in a virtual manner for the first time on May 18-19, 2020, and the meeting agenda was reduced. The meeting resumed from November 9-14.

The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, announced the list of members of the international investigation team on Tuesday.

The nationalities of the members include Russia, Australia, Sudan, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, Japan, Vietnam, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

World Health Organization chief response expert Mike Ryan said on October 30 that the World Health Organization’s international team and the Chinese investigation team have held the first video conference, and will immediately deploy the investigation.

In the past, the Trump administration continued to criticize the World Health Organization for being too close to China, “centering on China,” and even calling the World Health Organization a “puppet” of China. At present, Trump has suspended US funding to the World Health Organization, which has attracted international criticism.

The United Nations said in July this year that it had received notification from the United States that America will officially leave the World Health Organization in July next year.

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