Washington White House
May 18, 2020
Dr. Tedros Adhan Gebreyesus
Director-General of the World Health Organization
Dear Dr. Tedros!
On April 14, 2020, I suspended United States funding for the World Health Organization until my administration investigates the organization’s unsatisfactory and inadequate response to the outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus. This critical analysis confirmed the existence of many serious problems that I spoke of last month, and identified others that the World Health Organization had to solve, especially in connection with the alarming dependence of the World Health Organization on the People’s Republic of China. As a result of this investigation, we now know the following:
– The World Health Organization has systematically ignored credible information about the spread of the virus in Wuhan in early December 2019 or even earlier, including information from specialists from the medical journal The Lancet. The World Health Organization did not independently study reliable information that was contrary to official reports by the Chinese authorities, it ignored even the information that came from sources in Wuhan itself.
– Not later than December 30, 2019, at the office of the World Health Organization in Beijing, it was already known that in Wuhan there is a “serious threat to public health.” Between December 26 and 30, Chinese media published materials testifying to the emergence of a new virus in Wuhan, based on data on patients sent to several companies that are involved in decoding and studying the genomes of viruses. In addition, during this period, Zhang Jixian, a doctor from Hubei Provincial Hospital, which provides comprehensive treatment using traditional Chinese and Western medicine, told the Chinese health authorities that the new coronavirus was causing a new disease, which at that time was detected in approximately 180 patients.
– The next day, Taiwanese authorities reported to the World Health Organization information indicating that the new virus is spreading from person to person.
– According to the International Health Regulations, countries are required to report the risk of a public health emergency within 24 hours. But China reported to the World Health Organization about several cases of pneumonia of unknown origin in Wuhan only on December 31, 2019, although they probably knew about these cases a few days or weeks before.
– According to Dr. Zhang Yongzhen of the Shanghai Clinical Center for Public Health, on January 5, 2020, he informed the Chinese authorities that he was able to sequence the gene for this virus. But this information was published only six days later, on January 11, 2020, when Dr. Zhang himself posted it on the Internet. The next day, the Chinese authorities closed his laboratory to “eliminate deficiencies.” As even the World Health Organization acknowledged, the publication by Dr. Zhang of information on sequencing the genome of the virus was a wonderful act, demonstrating “information openness.” But the World Health Organization defiantly kept silent both about the closure of Dr. Zhang’s laboratory and that, according to him.
– The World Health Organization has repeatedly made statements about coronavirus, which are either clearly not true or misleading.
– On January 14, 2020, the World Health Organization groundlessly confirmed the statement of China (which turned out to be misinformation) that coronavirus cannot be transmitted from person to person. WHO said: “During preliminary studies by Chinese services, clear evidence that the new coronavirus (2019 nCov) detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan was not transmitted from person to person was found.” This statement was directly contrary to censored reports from Wuhan.
– On January 28, 2020, after meeting with President Xi in Beijing, you praised the Chinese government for its “informational openness” regarding coronavirus, announcing that China has set a “new standard for outbreak control” and “allowed the world to gain time.” You did not mention the fact that by then China had silenced several doctors or punished them for their explicit statements about the virus, and also forbade Chinese institutions to publish information about it.
– Even after January 30, 2020, you belatedly declared this outbreak a public health emergency of international concern, you were unable to ensure that China timely permitted the entry of a group of international medical experts of the World Health Organization into the country. As a result, this extremely important group arrived in China only two weeks later, on February 16, 2020. And even then, a group of specialists was allowed to visit Wuhan only in the last days of their stay in the country. It is noteworthy that the World Health Organization was silent when China prohibited two American members of this group of specialists from traveling to Wuhan.
– You also appreciated the severe restrictions on travel through China, but for some reason you were against the fact that I ordered the closure of the US borders, or against the ban on the entry of people from China. I introduced this ban regardless of your desires. Your political games in this matter have led to the death of a large number of people, because the governments of other countries, relying on your statements, have postponed the introduction of extremely necessary restrictions on trips to and from China. Amazingly, on February 3, 2020, you took a tougher stance, saying that since China is doing great in protecting the world from the virus, travel restrictions “do more harm than good.” However, by that time the world already knew that before shutting down Wuhan, the Chinese authorities allowed more than five million people to leave the city,
– Since February 3, 2020, China has exerted strong pressure on countries, demanding to remove travel restrictions or prevent their introduction. This campaign of pressure was facilitated by your untrue statements made on the day when you declared to the whole world that the spread of the virus outside of China is “minimal and slow” and that “the chances of getting the virus outside of China are very small.”
“On March 3, 2020, the World Health Organization referred to China’s official data to play down the very serious risk of asymptomatic spread of the virus, saying to the whole world that“ COVID-19 is not transmitted as fast as the flu. ” And that “people who are infected, but not yet sick,” in most cases are not carriers of this disease, unlike the flu. Events in China, as stated by the World Health Organization around the world, showed that the disease is asymptomatic in only 1% of reported cases, and in most of these cases, symptoms appear within two days. ” However, for many experts citing data from Japan, South Korea and other countries, these statements have raised serious doubts. It is now clear that the statements of China.
– By the time you declared the outbreak of a viral infection a pandemic on March 11, 2020, more than four thousand people died and more than 100 thousand people were infected in at least 114 countries around the world.
– On April 11, 2020, several African ambassadors wrote a letter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China on discrimination against Africans in Guangzhou and other Chinese cities against the backdrop of a pandemic. You knew that with respect to citizens of these countries, the Chinese authorities are conducting a campaign of forced quarantine, eviction and denial of services. You have not commented on China’s racially discriminatory actions. However, Taiwan’s legitimate dissatisfaction with your inept actions and inability to control the situation in a pandemic, you unreasonably called racist.
– Throughout this crisis, the World Health Organization with surprising persistence praised China for its supposedly “information openness.” You are constantly joining those who shower him with praises, despite the fact that China is by no means distinguished by information openness. For example, in early January, China ordered the destruction of virus samples, depriving the world community of vital information. Even now, China continues to violate international health regulations by refusing to provide accurate data, samples and isolates of the virus, as well as hiding vital information about the virus and its origin. To this day, China continues to prohibit the international community from communicating with Chinese scientists and visiting relevant institutions.
This is the letter sent to Dr. Tedros of the World Health Organization. It is self-explanatory! pic.twitter.com/pF2kzPUpDv
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2020
The World Health Organization has not been able to publicly require China to allow an independent investigation into the origin of the virus, despite the recent approval by its own Emergency Committee. Due to the inability of the World Health Organization to do this, WHO Member States at this year’s World Health Assembly adopted a resolution on the control of the coronavirus COVID-19 Response. It is consonant with the call of the United States and many other countries to conduct an impartial, independent and comprehensive analysis of the actions of the World Health Organization in the fight against the crisis. The resolution also called for an investigation into the origin of the virus, which is necessary for the world to understand what are the most effective methods of combating this disease.
Perhaps worst of all, the World Health Organization could do much better. Just a few years ago, under the leadership of another Director-General, the World Health Organization demonstrated to the world what it is capable of. In 2003, as part of the fight against the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic in China, known as SARS, China’s CEO Harlem Brundtland boldly announced the World Health Organization’s first recommendation for people traveling on international trips in 55 years. The document contained a warning about the dangers or undesirability of trips to the south of China, where the epicenter of the disease was, and vice versa. In addition, it without any hesitation criticized China for endangering the health of the world’s population, trying to hide the outbreak using their usual methods – arresting those who were the first to sound the alarm and draw attention to the problem, and censoring the media. If you followed the example of Dr. Brundtland, many people could have saved their lives.
It is clear that the repeated mistakes made by you and your organization in the fight against this pandemic have cost the world incredibly expensive. The only thing the World Health Organization can do in the future is to prove that it really does not depend on China. My administration has already begun to discuss with you the question of how you can reform your organization. But you need to act quickly. We cannot waste time. Therefore, as President of the United States, I must inform you that if the World Health Organization does not make significant changes in its work within 30 days, I will decide on the final termination of funding for the World Health Organization by the United States and will review our membership in this organization. organization. I can’t allow.
(Signed) Donald Trump
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