WHO boss rejects US accusations that health body was ‘bought’ by China – Serialpressit (News)

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World Health Organization head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Thursday rejected accusations from the U.S. that the public health body has been “bought” by the Chinese government, saying such claims were “untrue and unacceptable.”

“The focus of the entire organization is on saving lives,” Tedros said, adding that the “WHO will not be distracted by these comments and we don’t want the international community to be distracted.”

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made the accusations at a private event in London on Tuesday, claiming the allegations were based “on a firm intelligence foundation.” Pompeo also alleged that Chinese influence over the WHO had led to more “dead Britons.”

Tedros said Pompeo’s claims were “without any foundation” and added that “the politicization of the pandemic” had become a major threat.

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“COVID politics should be quarantined,” he said.

Defending Tedros, his American colleague Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s technical lead on COVID-19, said that it was an “honor and privilege” to work beside him, and that she had “never been more proud” of the WHO.

Pompeo’s criticism of the WHO in the U.K. continued as he traveled to Denmark, where he told a journalist that the WHO had “become political.”

“It’s become corrupt,” he said.

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