Usually, the WHO avoids making clear criticisms of individual countries. It is all the more remarkable how the head of the World Health Organization in Berlin comments on China.
Geneva / Berlin (dpa) – The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) criticized China for its lack of cooperation in the investigation into the origin of the corona virus.
He also raised the possibility of sanctions if WHO members refused to cooperate in the future. Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) said the same.
Tedros and Spahn spoke on Wednesday after the inauguration of the WHO pandemic early warning center in Berlin. The center also relies on scientific institutions and governments to provide data. It is supposed to analyze large amounts of data and use it to create risk analyzes so that, unlike the coronavirus, possible pandemic risks are identified before a virus spreads around the world.
Some WHO members, especially Germany, are working on a global pandemic treaty, which should, among other things, stipulate transparency and cooperation. “We absolutely need commitments from all Member States or anyone who wants to sign such a treaty, to full transparency in the event of an epidemic,” Spahn said. If that doesn’t happen, there must be consequences. Teadros said: “Considering sanctions can be important.”
In the search for the origin of the coronavirus, China still refuses to provide raw data on the first 174 patients likely to be infected with the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus. China defends itself against all allegations and says the investigation is mainly politically exploited by the United States. “Politicization occurs because there is no access to data and information as expected,” Tedros said. “We ask China: please share the data.” However, this cooperation does not exist.