The World Health Organization is a UN agency, which in and of itself is a qualification for a money pit that provides little to no benefit for the world. Last week, President Trump threatened to withhold funds from the World Health Organization. During a press conference, Trump criticized the WHO for their slow response to the coronavirus crisis saying, “they could have called it months earlier.” Trump also uttered, “we’re gonna put a hold on money spent to the WHO” then later in the press conference said in reference to funding, “we’re going to take a look at it.”
Trump also pointed out that the WHO seems “to come down on the side of China” by not closing borders, and blames them for not reporting what was going on in an appropriate amount of time. “They didn’t see it, and yet they were there, they didn’t see what was going on in Wuhan. They didn’t see it. How do you not see it? They didn’t report it. They must have seen it, but they didn’t report it.”
The World Health Organization has generally been opposed to travel bans to due economic consequences. WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu did not support a travel ban due to Wuhan coronavirus because it would “unnecessarily interfere with international travel and trade.” An interesting perspective from an organization whose very title suggests ‘Health’ is their purpose and concern, not trade or economic stability.
Trump also pointed out that the WHO seems “to come down on the side of China” by not closing borders, and blames them for not reporting what was going on in an appropriate amount of time.
Andrew Hastie, a member of Australia’s federal parliament for Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Liberal Party echoes Trump’s sentiments. Speaking to the Australian edition of the Daily Mail, Hastie asked, “When Beijing shut down travel from Hubei to the rest of China on January 23 – but strangely not from Hubei to the rest of the world – why didn’t the WHO act decisively then?”
Hastie lamented the WHO “could’ve prevented the mass global exportation of COVID-19 then be declaring a pandemic and alerting governments around the world of the danger ahead. Closing borders then could’ve saved lives and a lot of economic hardship.” Breitbart reminds us of a tweet sent out on the World Health Organization’s official account on January 14thwhich read: “Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in #Wuhan, #China.”
Another member of Australia’s parliament, Dave Sharma, has similar sentiments. “I think the WHO’s revealed some serious shortcomings, and I think they’ve revealed themselves to be a politicized organization,” said Sharma. “They have been too willing to accept Chinese explanations for this virus and the source and the causes.” Ultimately, both the United States and Australia credit having not listened to the WHO’s advice to continue to allow travel from China in the early stages of the pandemic as the reason the situation is not significantly worse.