New evidence shows that the World Health Organization, a group of people we’re all supposed to trust, lied to the public about the transmission of coronavirus to humans.
Taiwanese health officials alerted WHO of the infectivity of coronavirus in late December 2019, but the organization failed to report the claims to other countries, according to a Financial Times report.
Weeks after receiving Taiwan’s warning, on Jan. 14, WHO repeated China’s claim that coronavirus was not contagious among humans.
“While the IHR’s internal website provides a platform for all countries to share information on the epidemic and their response, none of the information shared by our country’s [Centers for Disease Control] is being put up there,” Taiwanese Vice President Chen Chien-Jen told the Financial Times.
“The WHO could not obtain first-hand information to study and judge whether there was human-to-human transmission of COVID-10. This led it to announce human-to-human transmission with a delay, and an opportunity to raise the alert level both in China and the wider world was lost,” Chen added.
WHO declined to comment on Taiwan’s accusation, telling the Financial Times it holds “frank and open discussions on sometimes sensitive issues” with countries and in order to maintain trust it needs to “respect the confidentiality of such communications.”
Taiwan has had a model response to the coronavirus crisis. Despite being situated just 140 miles off the Chinese coast, Taiwan has had only 135 confirmed cases of the virus and two deaths, according to John Hopkins University.
However, Taiwan has become largely locked out of international institutions as communist China’s influence around the world has grown.
Taiwan was excluded from an emergency committee convened by the WHO on Jan. 21 to determine whether the coronavirus outbreak would grow into an international crisis due to Chinese pressure to keep Taiwan from participating in international organizations, according to a report by Foreign Policy.
China and Taiwan, known officially the Republic of China, officially claim mainland China as a part of their respective territories. And under China’s communist government, under its “One China Principle,” officially claims Taiwan as part of its territory.
The long-running dispute between the two nations began at the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949, when Chinese Nationalist leader Chaing Kai-Shek fled to Taiwan, opening the door for Chinese communists to wrest control of the mainland.
The WHO did not address Taiwan’s claims when asked about the nation’s accusation that the WHO failed to act on its coronavirus transmission warning.
Instead, WHO spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic said its country office in China was informed of a “pneumonia of unknown cause” in Wuhan on Dec. 31.
“By January 2nd WHO had activated a three level – country office, regional office and HQ – response team to track the situation and share details as they emerged,” Jasarevic said. “By the second week of January WHO had issued a tool for countries to check their ability to detect and respond to a novel coronavirus. Since the outbreak began, WHO has been working 24/7 at all three levels to analyse data, provide advice, coordinate with partners, help countries prepare, increase supplies and manage expert networks.”
In the time in-between the warning from Taiwan and the statement from WHO everything was fine, China destroyed samples of the virus, shut down labs, arrested doctors and welded shut buildings where victims of the disease lived.
By Jan. 3, Chinese authorities had already ordered #COVID19 virus samples destroyed, silenced Wuhan doctors, and censored public concerns online. @SpokespersonCHN is right: This is a timeline the world must absolutely scrutinize. pic.twitter.com/W3se645U2Y
— Morgan Ortagus (@statedeptspox) March 20, 2020
Adding insult to injury, WHO Director General continues to parrot Chinese Communist Party talking points about the ongoing crisis.
For the first time, #China has reported no domestic #COVID19 cases yesterday. This is an amazing achievement, which gives us all reassurance that the #coronavirus can be beaten. https://t.co/py3Ka2cbLK
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) March 20, 2020
Whistleblowers and residents in Wuhan are saying the claim of “zero cases” coming out of China is a lie.
“It’s fake! It’s fake!” shout residents of a community in #COVID19 epicenter Wuhan in a viral video on China’s social media. They have accused property management of cheating them by only appearing to provide promised necessities. Investigation is underway https://t.co/kzq4gbB4RM pic.twitter.com/0ujObfedR8
— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) March 6, 2020
While many are calling on China to be rightfully held accountable for hiding and spreading Wuhan coronavirus to the world, the World Health Organization also has a lot of explaining to do. And keep mind, you’re paying for all of this corruption.
The real question is why? Why would WHO deliberately deceive the world regarding the contagion of a disease that would likely kill the elderly population in a number of countries, completely destroy the booming American economy, and encourage the spread?