The World Health Organisation on Friday denied having disregarded a Taiwanese warning on human-to-human transmission of the brand new coronavirus quickly after its outbreak in China late final yr.
The US has accused the physique of “putting politics first” by ignoring Taiwan’s warning in late December, and thus serving to Beijing conceal the pandemic’s gravity.
President Donald Trump has threatened to withhold funding for the WHO, which is on the forefront of combating the pandemic that has contaminated greater than 1.5 million folks worldwide since rising in Wuhan, China.
The United States stated Thursday it was “deeply disturbed that Taiwan’s information was withheld from the global health community, as reflected in the WHO’s January 14, 2020 statement that there was no indication of human-to-human transmission”.
But on Friday the Geneva-based UN physique despatched AFP an electronic mail by which it denied the costs.
The WHO stated it acquired an electronic mail on December 31 from Taiwanese authorities which talked about “press reports of cases of atypical pneumonia in Wuhan and that Wuhan authorities believed “it was not SARS”, or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome which killed 774 people in 2002 and 2003.
“There was no point out on this mail of human-to-human transmission,” the WHO maintained.
The UN body said it had asked Taiwanese authorities to show how it “communicated to us” their suspicions about transmission, insisting “we’re solely conscious of this single electronic mail which makes no point out of transmission between people”.
“But now we have not acquired a response,” the WHO said.
Its boss Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who has urged world leaders “to not politicise the virus” has received the backing of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres who said it was not the time to criticise an “important organisation”.
Relations between the WHO and Taiwan had been strained even earlier than the coronavirus pandemic however have deteriorated even additional over the previous three months.
Critics of Tedros have accused the WHO underneath his management of being too near Beijing and complimentary of China’s response to the coronavirus.
Some public well being specialists say that the WHO had little alternative however to cooperate with China to protect entry in Wuhan.
China considers Taiwan – a self-ruling democracy the place the mainland’s defeated nationalists fled in 1949 – to be a province awaiting reunification and has sought to exclude it from all worldwide organisations.
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