Top US Official Urges WHO To Begin Review Of COVID Response Immediately

Elias Hubbard
May 23, 2020

Reacting to the new numbers of cases of coronavirus, Trump said it is "a badge of honor" that the USA has the world's highest number.

World Health Organization emergencies director Dr Michael Ryan said the five million cases mark would be a "tragic milestone".

There are now close to 5 million global cases and roughly 325,000 deaths since the virus emerged in Wuhan, China, less than five months ago, according to government data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, which is tracking the pandemic.

It is our firm belief that such an evaluation is critical, and that is not just because of the contretemps between the United States and China over the origin of the virus which has, to date, claimed over 326,000 lives and sickened over 4.9 million people globally.

The new figures come as nations have been dramatically ramping up their testing programmes. But the pandemic is still unfolding.

"WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus reported the organization is" very anxious about the increasing numbers of instances in now - and - middle-income countries".

The World Health Organization's (WHO) member states, including China and the US, have adopted a joint resolution for a prompt independent inquiry into the global health response to the Covid-19 pandemic, including the actions of the agency, as the 73rd annual World Health Assembly concluded.

"All this is absolutely crucial for us going forward to avoid another pandemic of this kind", she said.

Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO's health emergencies program, said funding from the United States goes to a program that helps countries all over the world in "all sorts of fragile and hard settings".

Pressed on the ultimatum, Tedros said only: "We have received the letter and we are looking into it".

Questions are being raised by some countries, including the United States, about whether WHO's warning system for alerting the world to outbreaks is adequate, and suggesting that member states might need to "reassess" its role in providing travel advice to countries.

"I'm glad we are making progress on the research and development agenda, which was mapped out in February at the research and development meeting convened by World Health Organization, that roadmap has now given rise to the solidarity trials, which now include; 3,000 patients in 320 hospitals across 17 countries and to the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator", he said.

And Brazil's health ministry recommended Wednesday using chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat even mild cases of COVID-19 - treatments President Jair Bolsonaro has pushed for despite the lack of conclusive evidence of their effectiveness. In contrast, CGTN has been unable to find a single credible figure from the scientific community who believes COVID-19 was artificially created.

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