The World Well being Organisation says it “did not waste time” responding to the coronavirus after dealing with criticism for its dealing with of the outbreak.
Its head Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus mentioned the WHO’s declaration of the virus as a global well being emergency on 30 January gave “sufficient time for the remainder of the world to reply”.
On the time there was solely 82 circumstances exterior China and no deaths.
Right now there are greater than 3.2m circumstances and 234,000 deaths recorded worldwide.
US President Donald Trump has mentioned the WHO “actually blew” its response and accused it of bias in the direction of China.
The US is the worldwide well being physique’s largest single funder and President Trump says he’ll halt funding.
Talking at a information convention on Friday Dr Tedros provided a vigorous defence of how the organisation responded.
He insisted the WHO used the time earlier than the declaration properly, together with visiting China to be taught extra in regards to the virus at its origin.
Dr Tedros confirmed that the pandemic remained a “public well being emergency of worldwide concern”, three months after it was declared one.
Such a declaration is made below an “extraordinary” occasion and requires a worldwide response.
Dr Tedros described “grave” worries over the potential influence of the virus because it accelerates in nations with weaker well being programs.
Officers mentioned that they had seen worrying will increase in quite a few these nations – together with Haiti, Somalia and Sudan.
The WHO additionally urged warning amongst nations stress-free their social distancing measures, stressing the significance of monitoring for brand spanking new jumps in infections as lockdowns are eased.
Dr Tedros was additionally requested once more about relations with the USA, insisting the UN company remained in “fixed contact” with the nation.
The WHO’s head of emergencies, Dr Michael Ryan, addressed the declare on Friday.
“With regard to the origins of the virus in Wuhan we now have listened repeatedly to quite a few scientists who’ve appeared on the (genetic) sequences, checked out this virus, and we’re assured that this virus is pure in origin,” he mentioned.
Dr Ryan additionally added that it was “necessary” to be taught extra about how the animal host and perceive how the virus jumped from animals to people.
China has rejected the lab concept and criticised the US response to Covid-19.
In different developments all over the world:
- The world’s largest virus lockdown, in India, has been prolonged one other two weeks
- The United Nations has warned that millions of children risk missing out on vaccines due to pandemic disruption
- May Day rallies have been taking place globally, however in scaled again or socially-distanced type
- Ten US states have begun partially reopening
- The UK government says it has met a target on testing; the opposition has known as the figures deceptive
— to www.bbc.com