WHO chief warns against ‘politicizing’ coronavirus unless ‘you want to have more body bags’

The head of the World Health Organization warned President Donald Trump on Wednesday to stop politicizing the coronavirus crisis ‘if you don’t want many more body bags.’ he said   after President Trump criticized the WHO and its relationship with China. Tedros also revealed he has received death threats in recent months.

The U.S. is the largest contributor to the W.H.O, followed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; the Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; and the United Kingdom. China, the world’s second-largest economy, is not among the top donors.

Trump labelled the WHO which is largely funded by the U.S. as ‘China centric’ while threatening to cut funding to the health body

“Please don’t politicize this virus,” Tedros said in a briefing in Geneva, after he was asked about Trump’s remarks. He later urged political leaders to “please quarantine politicizing COVID.”

“The focus of all political parties should be to save their people,” Tedros said. He added that politicizing the virus only exploits differences at the national level.

“If you want to be exploited and if you want to have many more body bags, then you [politicize the virus],” the WHO leader said. “If you don’t want many more body bags, then you refrain from politicizing it.”

He later urged political leaders to “please quarantine politicizing COVID.”

“The focus of all political parties should be to save their people,” Tedros said. He added that politicizing the virus only exploits differences at the national level.

As at Thursday there are 14,802 deaths in the US from Coronavirus.

 

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