On Wednesday, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus defended the WHO’s work and called for an end to the politicisation of Covid-19. The Ethiopian also said that he had received deaths threats and has been subjected to racist abuse.
Dr Tedros has now dismissed the comments, insisting: “We are close to every nation, we are colour-blind.”
US President Donald Trump has attacked the World Health Organization (WHO) for being too “China-centric” in its tackling of the coronavirus pandemic.
“The WHO really blew it,” the president said, adding that he was considering withdrawing funding to the UN agency.
After first attacking the WHO the previous day, President Trump renewed his criticism at his news briefing on Wednesday, saying the organisation must “get its priorities right”. He said the US would conduct a study to decide whether it would continue paying contributions,
Also answering questions at the briefing on Wednesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the administration was “re-evaluating our funding” of the WHO, adding; “Organisations have to work. They have to deliver the outcomes for which they were intended”.