Commentary / Coronavirus

WHO Failed

WHOSince its inception 72 years ago almost to the day, the World Health Organization (WHO) has been credited with the eradication of smallpox and the near eradication of other devastating illnesses, including leprosy and river blindness.

This record of success makes the current corruption of the organization all the more shameful.

On December 30, Chinese doctor Li Wenliang warned colleagues about the outbreak of an illness resembling severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which sparked a pandemic in 2003. Public-health officials rely on the acuity of doctors like Li, whose early warnings prevent the spread of deadly diseases. But Chinese authorities didn’t reward Li; they summoned him to the Public Security Bureau in Wuhan on accusations that he had made false statements and disrupted the public order.

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) followed up with numerous other arrests, and publicly warned that it would punish anyone spreading “rumors” on social media. By mid January, Chinese doctors knew that COVID-19 was spreading between humans, but on January 14, the WHO stated that there was “no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel coronavirus.” Two weeks later, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus flew to Beijing for a meeting with Chinese president Xi Jinping, who so impressed Tedros that he lauded Chinese authorities for “setting a new standard for outbreak control,” praising their “openness for sharing information.”

Dr. Li might have disagreed with that sentiment. Alas, he was never able to voice his objections: He died after contracting COVID-19.

When the WHO emergency committee discussed whether to declare COVID-19 a public-health emergency on January 23, international observers had definitively discredited Chinese health data. Yet Tedros relied on those data in arguing against declaring an emergency — over the objections of other committee members. That decision delayed the mobilization of public-health resources around the world. John Mackenzie, a committee member, attributed the delay to “very poor reporting” and “very poor communication” from the CCP. After finally declaring an emergency on January 30, Tedros continued to lavish praise on China. As late as February 20, he argued that Chinese actions were “slowing the spread [of coronavirus] to the rest of the world.”

Tedros isn’t afraid to take on world leaders as a general matter. When President Trump limited travel from China to the U.S. on January 31 — a decision that bought the U.S. precious time — Tedros said it would “have the effect of increasing fear and stigma, with little public health benefit.”

The record is clear: The WHO has lent its imprimatur to Chinese disinformation and blessed China’s slow response to its domestic outbreak, which likely caused a 20-fold increase in cases, according to a University of Southampton study.

The Chinese government must believe they have invested very wisely. They backed Tedros’s bid to run the WHO in 2017, seeking to plant an ally in the U.N. leadership. Who was better suited for the role than a leftist political operative with a history of covering up health emergencies? As one of his first actions at the helm, Tedros assured the Chinese that he would adhere to the “One China” policy, barring Taiwanese participation. The Trump administration opposed Tedros’s campaign to lead the organization but couldn’t surmount China’s sway.

China’s influence over the WHO comes at a bargain price: Beijing only contributes half as much as the U.S. does to the WHO’s budget.

Congress should investigate Chinese influence on the WHO, and the U.S. should use its ample funding of the organization as leverage to demand transparency about its dealings with China. Our continued participation in the WHO should be in play. In its moment of testing, the organization kowtowed to Beijing rather than serve the public interest, and the world paid the price.


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Michael D. Gillis
2 years ago

No more money for W.H.O., remove the U.N. from New York since we have no influence there anymore. It is shameful how the rest of the world has let communist china take over the U.N. Kick the whole bunch out and spend that money saved right here, helping our citizens of our own country.

El Ey
2 years ago

These UN and WHO leaders are living large off of our citizens’ backs. These two liberal tentacles should set up their headquarters outside of the US, probably Cuba, Venezuela or China.

Michael D. Gillis
2 years ago

Another reason why we should stop funding U.N. organizations. They, like a whore, gladly accept our money and give almost nothing in return, except maybe a communicable disease, like COVIT-19

flitec
2 years ago

I’m not a conspiracy theorist but President Trump cranked up our economy and faced China with tariffs and a warning to straighten up. China doesn’t like being challenged, so along comes a virus that seems to be unstoppable and is deadly.what better way to disrupt the world economy and in particular the American economy. the way China is acting with deleting research info that they were starting to share and the ccp actions leads on to believe there’s more to this story then meets the eye. just throwin that out there .

Joanned
2 years ago

Definitely clear that the WHO Director is NOT PERFORMING HIS duties!!!

Jacqueline
2 years ago

Is it true that the Obama admin financed the covid19 project? If so, Americans want answers and prosecutions. Too many lives have been lost globally. No one Iis above the law. Those who think that they are need a real awakening.

Paul Revere
2 years ago

Now, let China find WHO 100%. Most anything with UN involvement stinks like dead fish!

David H Coffey
2 years ago

The UN is a do nothing organization unless it benefits those who are against Israel and the United States of America. We need to quit funding the WHO and the WTO, and every other U.N entity, and send the U.N. packing, or charge it a hefty rent, like $100,000,000,000 X the total number of nations that are members of the U.N. This nation is the only one holding back the planned world communism of the U.N. and their false-flag-creating Club of Rome and other secret societies.

Their nation-destroying Agenda 21, Commission on Anthropogenic Global Warming, and other programs designed to rid the nations of their sovereignty, but especially the United States of America, their largest target to destroy. WE THE PEOPLE need not put up with this un-American and un-Constitutional ideology, philosophy and psychology. I would rather see the U.N. leave our shores and this nation leave the organization outright. It would be best for this nation, and we would not be under the auspices of the U.N. any longer, giving away bit-by-bit our Freedom and our Liberty.

The Progressives would cry until their eyes bled out, then threaten until their voices went away, but we need to be free of that Evil organization. Sure, it does some good things, but so does the deified energy veil, devil, or else more people would not fall to his unrighteousness. Let us take a stand for this nation and her inherent God-given Rights to live in Life, Freedom, Liberty, and Justice as a United nation, as God planned that we should be, both the land and her people. WISDOM! May WE THE PEOPLE pass every test. Always Victory! I AM David H. Coffey, a true patriot and 30-year veteran of the United States Army.

PS. I did not spend thirty years defending this Beloved nation to see her sovereignty being slowly stolen away…not necessarily at the national level, but at the local level, where the U.N. is stealthily implementing its Agenda 21 program.

El Ey
2 years ago
Reply to  David H Coffey

Thank you for your service, David.
God bless.

Harry Guzaliak
2 years ago

Just a thought, My humble opinion is the Chinese manufactured covid-19 for population control and it got away from them. Just saying.

Mike
2 years ago

I say good by to the WHO & UN. Both are a wast of our $$$$.

D.C.
2 years ago

The head of the WHO has committed a Crime against Humanity. He should be brought before the UN Court and prosecuted.

Joanned
2 years ago

Who is a failure that does not live up to its name, or principles?

Joanned
2 years ago

It appears that China is a. HUGE MANIPULATIVE FORCE within the effectiveness of WHO to be able to function, and advocate for World Health / Or is WHO a tool for China to achieve global control????

L.M. Skelly
2 years ago

This should be a video played for Congress and for the news briefing that’s on every day. Good job to writer.

JohnH
2 years ago

I am very surprised that USA is funding $500 million/year to WHO & we do not even have one representative in WHO ? We put in that much money , we should have someone on the board or whatever you want to call it….. And more than one person I would think? And should not Secretary of State be in the know??? Restructure so USA has a vote/voice in the organization & also cut back on the funding to more reasonable amount such as $40 million

JohnH
2 years ago

Is it rumor or did WHO offer Corona tests to the USA & it was turned down by administration ???? And I would like to know answer to how quick South Korea started testing & lowered the curve. How did S.Korea get tests so fast & from who ?? South Korea is an ally & we should have all the data that they have on the Virus at start plus I remember reading that at least one US militaty was infected at start & so what happened to person? WHO needs to be scrutinized over Corona, but we should not pull out altogether.

Frank
2 years ago

Thanks for this great article

Janet.
2 years ago

Its time for the USA to stop paying for the privilege of being screwed.

John A Bird
2 years ago

This virus was not a coincidence, it was a planned attack on this nation by the globalists and elites to rid this nation of President Trump. Dr Fauci is a Deep State Operative as are the WHO, both should be removed from our government rolls. It is time for Americans to also remove the Democratic Party from Washington either by vote or other means available, stop this nonsense now!

Margie S
2 years ago

I clearly remember President Trumps campaign speeches when he spoke of all of the dishonest organizations & how they betray America. Where are the ones that promised to help him clean this mess up? Instead, ones like bill gates, etc. donate millions to these organizations & work against Pres Trumps better judgement. That’s how America got into this horrible situation-set in motion by these socialist liberals. WHO is funded by liberal bill gates, helped by his friend Dr. Fauci, & Dr. Birx – all are clinton cronies. DEFUND ALL BETRAYERS.
America does not need more lies & more propaganda from these socialist liberals who are trying to oust Pres Trump.
GOD HELP PRESIDENT TRUMP.

Sisyphys
2 years ago

In dealing with Dr. Li Wenliang, it looks like the PRC took a page out of the Bill and Hillary Clinton manual for handling people that piss you off. It is obvious to anyone that has looked into the short history of the Novel COVID-19 pandemic that the PRC and the World Health Organisation are complicit in the misinformation that has led to hundreds of thousands of deaths. Both organisations have blood on their hands and must not be trusted for information pertaining to the health and well being of this global society.

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