Secretary of Well being and Human Companies, Alex Azar wears a face masks whereas attending a press briefing about coronavirus testing within the Rose Backyard of the White Home on Could 11, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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America on Monday chastised the World Well being Group for its response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying the United Nations’ well being company did not get hold of details about the virus when the world wanted it.
“That failure value many lives,” Secretary of Well being and Human Companies Alex Azar stated on the primary day of the WHO’s two-day digital World Well being Meeting.
Greater than 4.7 million folks have contracted Covid-19 worldwide, with 315,822 deaths, in keeping with knowledge compiled by Johns Hopkins College.
“In an obvious try to hide this outbreak, at the least one member state made a mockery of their transparency obligations, with super prices for the complete world,” Azar continued, in an obvious reference to China.
“We noticed that WHO failed at its core mission of knowledge sharing and transparency when member states don’t act in good religion. This can not ever occur once more,” he added.
The WHO was not instantly obtainable to reply when contacted by CNBC on Monday.
President Donald Trump’s administration has been significantly essential of the WHO’s response, with Trump saying the U.S. would halt funding to the group in April.
Nevertheless, Trump stated Saturday he was contemplating restoring some funding to the WHO.
Earlier Monday, WHO Director-Common Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will initiate an independent review into its dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic “on the earliest acceptable second” and urged nations to proceed funding the company.
Chinese language President Xi Jinping informed the meeting his nation will present $2 billion over two years to assist different nations reply to the impression of the pandemic. He insisted that China has been open, clear and accountable all alongside in offering info to the WHO and different nations, and has shared the genome sequence of the coronavirus.