[Ip-health] Fwd: WH press release on WHO

James Love james.love at keionline.org
Wed Apr 15 12:12:46 PDT 2020


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15, 2020

PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP IS DEMANDING ACCOUNTABILITY FROM THE WORLD HEALTH
ORGANIZATION

“I will never hesitate to take any necessary steps to protect the lives,
health, and safety of the American people.  I will always put the
well-being of America first.” – President Donald J. Trump


ACCOUNTABILITY FOR AMERICAN TAXPAYERS: President Donald J. Trump is holding
the World Health Organization (WHO) accountable by putting a hold on United
States funding.

President Trump is placing a hold on all funding to the WHO while its
mismanagement of the coronavirus pandemic is investigated.
The American taxpayers provide $400 million to $500 million in funding to
the WHO each year, but the WHO has failed them.

China, on the other hand, provides just around one-tenth of the funding
that the United States provides.

The American people deserve better from the WHO, and no more funding will
be provided until its mismanagement, cover-ups, and failures can be
investigated.
President Trump will continue fighting the coronavirus outbreak and will
redirect global health aid to others directly engaged in the fight.

INVESTIGATING THE WHO’S FAILED RESPONSE: The WHO’s response to the
coronavirus outbreak has been filled with one misstep and cover-up after
another.

Despite the fact that China provides just a small fraction of the funding
that the United States does, the WHO has shown a dangerous bias towards the
Chinese government.
The WHO repeatedly parroted the Chinese government’s claims that the
coronavirus was not spreading between humans, despite warnings by doctors
and health officials that it was.

Taiwan contacted the WHO on December 31 after seeing reports of
human-to-human transmission of the coronavirus, but the WHO kept it from
the public.
The WHO praised the Chinese government’s response throughout January and
claimed there was no human-to-human transmission, despite the fact that
doctors in Wuhan were warning there was.
The WHO decided on January 22 that the coronavirus did not pose a Public
Health Emergency of International Concern, all while praising China’s
response.

The WHO put political correctness over life-saving measures by opposing
travel restrictions.

The WHO made the disastrous decision to oppose travel restrictions from
China and other countries—despite applauding travel restrictions within
China itself—leading to further spread of the virus internationally.

STRUCTURAL ISSUES AND NECESSARY REFORMS: The WHO has longstanding
structural issues that must be addressed before the organization can be
trusted again.

The WHO has shown it was not prepared to prevent, detect, and respond to a
severe infectious disease crisis like this.
The WHO lacks the structure to ensure accurate information and transparent
data sharing from members, which makes it vulnerable to misinformation and
political influence.
The United States seeks to refocus the WHO on fulfilling its core missions
of preparedness, response, and stakeholder coordination.
The United States is also calling for reforms to promote transparency and
data sharing, hold member states accountable for abiding by the
International Health Regulations, increase access to medicines, and counter
China’s outsized influence on the organization.

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