Donald Trump yanked the U.S. funding from The World Health Organization (WHO). He has done a quite effective job of toppling one valued institution after another, but America needs the WHO. This is why.
China has been conducting an investigation into where the coronavirus outbreak started, according to the global health authority’s representative in China, Dr. Gauden Galea.
Friday, the doctor told Sky News, according to NBC News:
‘We know that some national investigation is happening but at this stage, we have not been invited to join. The origins of virus are very important, the animal-human interface is extremely important and needs to be studied. The priority is we need to know as much as possible to prevent the reoccurrence.’
Galea noted that there was to be another coronavirus update from the Chinese government shortly. However, China has not extended an invitation to the WHO to join the investigation and collaborate with the Chinese.
The U.S. president said he believed COVID-19 started in the Chinese-backed Wuhan Institute of Virology. However, once Trump makes a decision, he will continue operating into that reality. Trump has no evidence that he is willing to share to back his declaration:
‘Yes, yes I have. I can’t tell you that. I’m not allowed to tell you that.’
The Chinese government has rejected Trump’s unproven statements blaming the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Other members of the government have stepped carefully around POTUS’ theory. However, the majority of experts think that coronavirus started in an open market selling wildlife to people, as delicacies.
Galea said WHO did not have access to the Chinese “laboratory logs at either the institute or the Wuhan Chinese Center for Disease Control and prevention.” May Day is considered a national holiday in Chinese, so many Chinese officials were not available immediately.
Trump’s attitude toward the WHO has hurt the organization. POTUS appears convinced that the coronavirus originated in the Chinese laboratory. A senior Chinese official suggested that America should mind its own coronavirus outbreak. On Monday, Trump said that he expected 70,000 to even 100,000 cases.
The commander-in-chief has regularly gone after the WHO for how it dealt with the crisis. Two weeks ago, Trump pulled the organization’s funding. He said that he would consider returning funding based upon a review of the source of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan.
Galea’s doubts over Chinese projections influence people’s views. He said regarding coronavirus cases reported in China between January 3 through 16. He said:
‘Is it likely that there were only 41 cases for that period of time? I would think not.
NBC News wanted to interview Galea, but he refused to comment. The WHO did release a statement. It included evidence that COVID-19 was the result of an animal to human source instead of a weaponized virus from China’s labs. He asked for additional investigation:
‘It is our understanding that a number of investigations to better understand the source of the outbreak in China are currently underway or planned… WHO is not currently involved in the studies in China. WHO would be keen to work with international partners and at the invitation of the Chinese Government to participate in investigation around the animal origins.’
There has been a rising dispute throughout the world. over how the pandemic started in China toward the end of 2019. Australia for example, has called for a public investigation into how the pandemic started.
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