Friday, November 6, 2020

When the US is smarter than the WHO

 The US mission in Geneva urged World Health Organization (WHO) chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus today to invite Taiwan to a major meeting of the organization next week which is rumored to focus on the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to the US, they are urging WHO to expand efforts to offer Taiwan a network of cooperation appropriate to the current situation.

Earlier, Washington had criticized the WHO and its chief Tedros in tackling the outbreak, claiming they were on China's side, and planned to withdraw.

The fact is, Taiwanese who received US support allegedly showed their interest in participating in WHO meetings as observers. This has angered China, who claims the democratically controlled island is its own territory.

In addition, Taiwan, which is praised internationally for successfully curbing coronavirus transmission, was not invited to a previous meeting by the same body in May.

The WHO previously said that they did not have a mandate to invite Taiwan because member states did not agree with the island's participation.

For everyone's knowledge, a virtual meeting of 194 member states is set to focus on the Covid-19 pandemic and related health problems.