WHO director faces calls from US to resign over China virus response

World Health Organization director, Dr Tedros, faces calls to resign for ‘deceiving the world by allowing China to cover up true impact of coronavirus’

  • US politicians call for resignation of WHO head, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus 
  • World Health Organization boss partly blamed for China’s lack of transparency
  • Senator Martha McSally said Tedros should resign over the ‘Chinese cover-up’
  • Activists claimed 42,000 or more could have died in Wuhan, where virus began

The director-general of the World Health Organization is facing calls to resign over criticisms of the way China’s response to the coronavirus crisis was managed.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is facing growing calls to step down from US politicians for trusting the communist regime’s official reporting about extent of the spread of the disease.

Republican Senator Martha McSally said Dr Tedros should resign over the ‘Chinese cover-up’.

She told Fox News that part of the blame for China’s lack of transparency lay with the WHO director-general.

McSally claimed that Tedros ‘deceived the world’ and even praised China’s ‘transparency’ during its coronavirus response.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization speaking during a news conference last month

Sen. Martha McSally at a rally for President Donald Trump in Phoenix in February. She has joined other Republicans in calling for Tedros to resign 

She added that she ‘never trusted a communist’ and that the Chinese government’s ‘cover-up of this virus that originated with them has caused unnecessary deaths around America and around the world…I think Dr. Tedros needs to step down’.

The senator said: ‘Dr Tedros deceived the world. At one point, he even praised China’s ‘transparency during its coronavirus response efforts” despite a mountain of evidence showing the regime concealed the severity of the outbreak. This deception cost lives.’

In February, when China has reported 17,238 infections and 361 deaths, Tedros said there was no need impose travel restrictions.

He said measures that ‘unnecessarily interfere with international travel and trade’ were not needed in trying to halt the spread of the virus.

On March 20, he praised the Chinese regine, saying ‘For the first time, #China has reported no domestic #COVID19 cases yesterday. This is an amazing achievement, which gives us all reassurance that the #coronavirus can be beaten.’

People wearing protective face masks walking at a shopping area in Wuhan, China, today, where the coronavirus outbreak began 

A police officer saluting to the Chinese medical workers from Shandong province as they got onto a bus to leave Wuhan today

China has been accused of significantly downplaying its official virus cases, with some estimates suggesting their death toll could be as high as 40,000.

So far China has officially recorded more than 81,000 cases with over 3,300 deaths. 

But activists in Wuhan, where the outbreak began, claimed funeral homes are handing out 500 urns a day each, more than necessary for the 2,548 people who have officially died of the virus there.

Long queues at the funeral homes have fuelled scepticism about China’s numbers, prompting claims that 42,000 people or more could have died in Wuhan. 

Texan Republican Senator, Ted Cruz, also joined cals for the WHO to consider removing Tedros.

His spokesman told The Washington Free Beacon: ‘The World Health Organization has consistently bent to the will of the Chinese Communist Party at the expense of global health and of containing the spread of the coronavirus, from downplaying the extent of the virus to systematically excluding Taiwan. 

‘Sen. Cruz believes that the WHO has lost the credibility necessary for it to be effective, and a reevaluation of its leadership is urgently called for.’

Florida’s Marco Rubio also called for Tedros to be held accountable for the NGO’s handling of the pandemic. 

Republican Senator Ted Cruz speaking on the Senate floor at the US Capitol in Washington DC last month

The senator said: ‘Once this pandemic is under control, WHO leadership should be held to account. That includes Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who has allowed Beijing to use the WHO to mislead the global community.

‘At this moment, [Tedros] is either complicit or dangerously incompetent. Neither possibility bodes well for his future at the helm of this critical organization.’

Former US Ambassador to the UN, the WHO’s parent organization, Nikki Haley, also criticised the WHO over its previous statements about the virus.

She tweeted: ‘This was posted by the WHO on January 14th,’ that the WHO ”found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission” of the coronavirus.

‘The WHO owes an explanation to the world of why they took China’s word for it. So much suffering has been caused by the mishandling of information and lack of accountability by the Chinese.’

The coronavirus outbreak originated in China late last year, reportedly in the wet livestock markets in the city of Wuhan. 

Over the weekend it emerged China has been been given a place on the UN Human Rights Council despite a long-record of human rights abuses.

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