The World Health Organization is an agency of the United Nations that is responsible for public health. It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland with offices worldwide. They began on April 7, 1948, now considered World Health Day, when their constitution came into force.
When visiting their website you can view their constitution and their ‘values’ page. Their constitution is about what you’d expect it to be with a belief in access to healthcare for all and disease control.
Their Values page says something that many would contest right about now. One of the Values reads:
Trusted to serve public health at all times
- We put people’s health interests first
- Our actions and recommendations are independent
- Our decisions are fair, transparent and timely
Specifically, points 1 and 2 are being challenged by many across the world.
Communist leaders in China hid the seriousness and dangers of the outbreak, early on, while they punished any doctors or journalists who reported anything other than the CCP (China Communist Party) talking points. Those talking points were that it was no big deal, doesn't look to be a danger outside of the Wuhan area, and person to person transmission wasn't possible.
The WHO seemed to be parroting these talking points throughout the course of this breakout. They regurgitated virtually anything China was saying. For example, China said they didn't believe person to person transmission had occurred or was possible. The WHO then tweeted that "person to person transmission outside of China has been limited". China wouldn't share the genetic sequence in the early days - something that scientists needed to start identifying the disease and possible treatments or cures.
After all of this delay and secrecy by China, The WHO has been praising China for its efforts to 'protect the world'. The Director, Dr. Tedros, of the WHO said, on Feb 14:
Too much has been written & said about my praise for [China]. I have given credit where it’s due & I will continue to do that, as I would for any country that fights an outbreak aggressively at its source to protect its own people & the world, even at a great cost to itself.
Wait - was China fighting to save the world when it hid the outbreak for likely more than month? Was China fighting to save the world when they didn't allow the CDC or WHO in to help early on? At great cost to itself? It started there and spread from there because of their secrecy and inaction.
Now the WHO has been getting involved in political correctness. They apparently wanted people to stop calling it the Chinese virus. Vox quoted the head of WHO as he explains how they came up with the name COVID-19:
"had to find a name that did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, an individual, or a group of people, and which is also pronounceable and related to the disease."
Is that one of the more important pieces to put together at this time? Is that a role of the WHO, to make sure the naming and references are politically correct?
Becket Adams wrote an interesting article at Washington Examiner. In it Adams explains:
For starters, WHO has behaved throughout the entire crisis not as a health organization, but as the unofficial public relations arm of the Chinese Communist Party.
Adams also mentions that the effort by the organization comes, curiously, at the same time that China is trying to rebrand the COVD-19 narrative.
China says they told the WHO, back in December, about the person to person transmission threat but the organization just kept that to themselves while seeming to question the possibility that such a transmission existed.
Dr. Tedros cautioned the United States for suspending travel to China, in January, in order to try to prevent the spread of the outbreak. Now virtually every country around the world has done that and is closing their borders. Still no apology for the lashing of President Trump by the WHO director.
Even CNN admitted that the World Health Organizations's praise for China is causing many around the world to question what the relationship between the country and health group really is.
People around the world are dying of this disease and WHO seems to be worried about the stigma of talking about where it originated. It seems to be walking hand in hand with the China Communist Party's PR campaign.
Here's the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying:
“Most countries appreciate and support China’s efforts to fight the novel coronavirus...“But in the meantime, some countries, the US in particular, have inappropriately overreacted, which certainly runs counter to WHO advice.”
Apparently the US has inappropriately overreacted..
While the WHO has been quick to defend any blame that may fall toward China they have been quiet among China's lobbing of accusations against the United States.
Given the actions of the WHO throughout this pandemic one can certainly understand why someone, in the U.S., would question whether we should believe the World Health Organization or not. President Trump seems to be ahead of the WHO so far. Relying on other countries and outside organizations has been our downfall for quite some time now and it's all coming home to roost.