The investigation report made WHO lose patience with China

The investigation report made WHO lose patience with China 4
The investigation report made WHO lose patience with China 4

Since the outbreak of Covid-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) has been criticized for being too soft on China.

However, in the book `Aftershock: Pandemic Politics and the End of the Old World Order` scheduled to be published on August 24, authors Thomas Wright and Colin Kahl show that General Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Wright is a scholar at the Brookings Institution, specializing in US global relations, while Kahl was recently confirmed as undersecretary of defense for policy in the Biden administration.

According to the two authors, Mr. Tedros initially cautiously publicly praised China, but at the same time silently pressured the country.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a pre-recorded speech delivered to the China International Import Expo in Shanghai on November 4, 2020.

In a recent interview, Wright said that while searching for material for the book, he found that the WHO’s cautious approach toward China contrasted with the harsh style of the Trump administration, even though both were

The investigation into the origin of Covid-19 was approved by the World Health Assembly (WHA) in May 2020.

As the pandemic becomes more serious, this path clearly becomes very difficult.

The origin of the pandemic is a very controversial issue.

WHO directed its investigation into the animal origin of Covid-19, but even this is very difficult.

When the investigation team made this comment, senior WHO officials in Geneva were shocked.

According to Wright and Kahl, WHO leaders in Geneva were `stunned` by the statement from the investigation team.

Later, when the team released its investigation report and continued to consider the scenario of the virus leaking from the laboratory as highly unlikely, Tedros pushed back, saying that the research was `not extensive enough` and that `the data

Since then, the relationship between WHO and China has plummeted.

Chinese officials said in July that they did not accept any further investigation into the origin of Covid-19 in the country and accused the US of putting pressure on the scientific community.

In a document released last week, Ben Embarek described how Chinese officials did not want to mention the theory that the virus leaked from a laboratory in the investigation report.

However, Mr. Tedros’s late changes toward China may not be enough to appease his critics.

But there is little evidence that a tough approach to China can be effective.

Although some Trump administration officials recognized the severity of the pandemic early on, they viewed it through the lens of the `China problem,` rather than treating Covid-19 as a health emergency.

`The competition between the US and China has really shaped many other things,` Wirght added.

As an international organization with limited power, WHO must depend on its member countries.

Wright and Kahl called for the creation of a global coalition on pandemic response, where like-minded countries could contribute to WHO’s work.

China last week told foreign diplomats that the world should respect the report of the team investigating the origin of Covid-19 published in March, while US intelligence is about to expire 90 days to investigate the source.

At a press conference this week, WHO emergencies program director Mike Ryan said the organization was quietly looking to promote a phase two investigation.

Thanh Tam (According to Washington Post)

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