Republicans In The US Senate Called On The Un Secretary-General To Analyze WHO's Activities
US senators from the Republican party sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres requesting an independent assessment of the World Health Organization (WHO) to combat the coronavirus pandemic, according to Reuters.
"It seems that WHO has shown considerable deference to the Chinese government throughout the pandemic. To restore trust, WHO more transparency, accountability, and reforms will be needed," the agency quoted the document as saying.
According to him, the group of authors of the letter was headed by the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the US Senate, James Risch, and signed it, among others, MITT Romney, Ted Cruz, and Lindsey Graham. Politicians called for the formation of an expert group to conduct an "interim assessment" of WHO as soon as possible, noting that similar measures were already taken in 2015 during the Ebola outbreak in Africa.
As the Agency notes, although the senators openly criticized the organization, it was not as harsh as the position of the President of the United States Donald trump. On April 14, he said that Washington had suspended contributions to WHO "pending an assessment of the organization's role in mismanagement and concealment of data on the spread of the coronavirus."
According to him, due to incorrect estimates and recommendations of the institution, 20 times more people than could have been infected with the coronavirus in the world. The US leader also said that China could face consequences if it is proved that it deliberately allowed an outbreak of a disease caused by a new coronavirus.
In turn, WHO representative Melita Vujinovic stressed that the organization was pleased with the way China provided information about those infected with the coronavirus and subsequent deaths in the city of Wuhan and Hubei province, where the initial spread of the disease was located.