After being blasted by the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan for playing politics with communist China during a pandemic when lives are at stake, the World Health Organization defended itself in a press conference via Dr. Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the WHO’s health emergencies program, who accused critics of focusing too much on China’s credibility:
“I think we need to be careful also not to be profiling certain parts of the world as being uncooperative or non-transparent,” he added.
“Are we saying that the lack of precise information from Italy is due to a lack of transparency, or because we have a system overwhelmed with thousands of patients coming in every day and doctors and nurses struggling to provide basic care?
“We need to look at the context here, and I think we need to show a little bit more balance, we need to be critical and we will be. We will work with every single country to ensure we’re getting the best possible data from them.”
Dr Ryan added that he thinks people are “over-focused” on the issue of China’s trustworthiness to report its cases accurately.
An overwhelmed system has nothing to do with China’s refusal to share with other countries critical data it mined from its doctors it arrested or persecuted. From my piece last night:
The WHO covered for China repeatedly even after China knew the truth from the doctors they arrested and news reports they deleted.
This was also false, as the doctor who suspected otherwise (and gave his life for it) was persecuted by his own country for trying to warn the public.
If bossing people around about meat wasn’t the last straw, surely this is. It’s time to reconsider any association with the WHO.