WHO Chief Says The world Should Have ‘Listened Carefully’ To The Agency’s Coronavirus Warnings In January

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The World Health Organizaions director general has criticised the world for ‘not listening carefully’ to the agency’s warnings about the coronavirus back in January.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the UN agency had sounded the highest level of alarm over Covid-19 at the end of January, but not all countries heeded its advice.

“On January 30 we declared the highest level of global emergency on Covid-19….. During that time, as you may remember, there were only 82 cases outside China. No cases in Latin America or Africa, only 10 cases in Europe. No cases in the rest of the world. So the world should have listened to the WHO then carefully,” the WHO chief said at a virtual press briefing on Monday.

RT reorts: He added that the countries which followed the WHO’s advice – by extensively testing their populations and implementing contact-tracing technologies – are “in a better position than others,” but that the WHO only operates in an advisory capacity and cannot mandate governments to follow its recommendations.

However, even as the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern” on January 30, critics were already arguing that the declaration was too late and didn’t convey the seriousness of the looming pandemic. Moreover, Tedros’ organization assured the public less than two weeks earlier that the virus couldn’t pass from person to person, and even as infections soared in late January and early February, the WHO insisted that travel bans – particularly those affecting China – were “ineffective” and promoted “stigma.”

On the world stage, US President Donald Trump has been one of the loudest critics of the WHO. Trump has accused the organization of “severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of coronavirus” and made the decision to withdraw US funds indefinitely. 

Trump’s response has also been criticized, however. Though he implemented a partial China travel ban on January 31, Trump’s opponents say he repeatedly ignored briefings from the intelligence community about the scale of the outbreak, telling the public even in late February that “the coronavirus is very much under control in the USA.” Trump has also been slammed for his government’s delay in rolling out the “millions” of tests promised in early March.

Of course, his is not the only administration criticized for its coronavirus blunders. In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been flayed in the media for his initial dismissal of the threat. The UK lagged behind its European neighbors in shutting down businesses and amenities, while Johnson himself insisted on shaking hands long after leaders around the world advised against the practice. The British government at one point mulled a “herd immunity” strategy, which would have seen the population exposed en masse to the virus.


  1. That’s cute. I have screen shots of their TWEETS dismissing all of this Corona virus. Pick a lie and stick with it.

  2. Rather like maybe, the video in Riss Flex channel, Microsoft President Warns Us,. He is the ex president of Microsoft Canada warning of the danger ahead for everyone on earth.

  3. @ndrew Cuomo and Bill De Blasio Failed New York. Over 260000 Corona Virus Covid-19 Infections and Over 20500 Dead, A Huge Epic Failure of Incompodent Communiest Politicians.. You had the likes of New York Senitor Chuck Schumer call President Trump a Racists, Complained about Shutting Down All Air Traffic from China, All Visitors on January 29th. You had Dr Blasio Telling People to ride the Subway, Go see a play, Then go eat in China Town,Both Cuomo and De Blasio dismissed it in February. A Huge Fail for Blue State Democrats Especially Andrew Cuomo is having Nursing Homes residents go to Hospital with Covid-19 Infections, Then getting Discharged back to the Same Nursing Home or Rehabilitation Center for which they came Infecting Many more in the Nursing Homes.About 35% of the Deaths in New York are because if this.. This Falls 100% On the Sholders if the Govinor since the Nursing Homes, Rehabilitation Centers and Nursing Treages are State Regulated, State Licenced and State Controlled. It almost seems like Andrew Cuomo was Pushing for Over Testing Samples and Ingnoring the Nursing Home Fatalities Issues to pad the Numbers of Infected or Dead for Monetary Gain… I have a hard time believing that Both Bill De Blasio and Andrew Cuomo didn’t knew people where Sick in there Neighborhoods Weeks Earlier then they Admit and that De Blasio was 3 weeks late in closing the Schools. Now Andrew Cuomo wants 30 Billion for more Testing, Contact Tracing and Tracking. To hire 300000 Contact Trakers.. He is out of his mind.. If anyone has symptoms there should be home or ER Testing. The rest of the Money should be used to Clean the Subways & Schools. They say that about 5 Million New Yorkers been Infected and have Immunity already.

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