US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The Director-General of the World Health Organization criticized the “lack of leadership” in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and made an emotional call for global unity, as in many countries the incidence continues to grow rapidly and the world still cannot cope with the spread of the devastating virus, which was the first time identified more than six months ago.
“Friends, don’t be deceived: the greatest threat we are facing right now is not the virus itself,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a passionate address in Geneva on Thursday, July 9th. “Rather, it is a lack of leadership and solidarity at the global and national levels.”
This appeal of his, most likely, will be perceived as a poorly veiled criticism of the leaders of various countries, including Donald Trump, who is conducting a public fight against WHO and at the same time can not cope with the world’s worst covid-19 epidemic in his own country.
“This is a tragedy that has robbed us of many of our friends, which has claimed many lives. We will not be able to overcome this pandemic in a fragmented world, ”said Tedros in a trembling voice.
The United States regularly reports a record high number of cases per day, and earlier this week the number of confirmed cases of infection reached 3 million, which put an end to the attempts of the US authorities to reopen the country’s economy.
In other regions, the incidence is not much better. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who had been trying to minimize the severity of the disease for several months, has now become infected with the coronavirus.
On Thursday, June 9, India reported a record increase in the number of cases per day, and in Mexico, the spread of coronavirus is also rapidly gaining momentum.
Australia, previously called an example of the successful fight against the pandemic, was forced to isolate more than 6 million people in Victoria after a new surge in incidence in Melbourne.
“How difficult is it for people to come together to fight a common enemy that kills people indiscriminately?” Asked Gebreyesus during a WHO meeting. “Can’t we identify or identify a common enemy?” Can’t we understand that the odds or cracks between us are actually an advantage for the virus? ”
He called on the world powers to unite, saying: “Covid-19 is a test of global solidarity and global leadership.”
This statement by Gebreyesus was made a few days after the Trump administration informed the U.S. and UN Congress that the United States would formally withdraw from the World Health Organization.
This decision to withdraw from WHO, which will take effect next July, has been sharply criticized by congressmen from both parties, medical associations, human rights organizations, and United States allies abroad. On Tuesday, July 7, Democratic candidate Joe Biden promised to cancel the decision “on the first day” after taking office.
Trump has repeatedly criticized Gebreyesus and accused WHO of being too lenient with China, as well as its inability to contain the pandemic in the early stages.
However, leaders of almost all the major powers, including Germany, France and the United Kingdom, supported WHO in this crisis.
On Thursday, July 9, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that this pandemic had clearly demonstrated the dangers of “denying facts of populism” around the world. “We saw lies and misinformation, but the pandemic cannot be handled like that,” she said, addressing the European Parliament in Brussels.
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