Is the WHO China’s puppet?

The United States has threatened to pull its funding from the World Health Organization (WHO), claiming that it has been badly corrupted by China. This view has been backed up by Stanford University’s Lanhee J. Chen:

The World Health Organization isn’t just “China centric,” as President Trump called it on Tuesday. It is also broken and compromised. The WHO fell short in its dithering reaction to the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which claimed more than 11,000 lives. Now its response to the coronavirus pandemic shows it is willing to put politics ahead of public health. The way the WHO has consistently acted to placate China’s leaders makes clear the need for fundamental reform.

The U.S. is the biggest financial contributor to the WHO—more than $400 million in 2019, when China sent only $44 million, according to the U.S. State Department. Mr. Trump suggested that the U.S. might hold its funding while his administration takes a “good look” at what the country is getting for its money. He and Congress should go further.

While Washington pays, Beijing works behind the scenes to influence WHO leaders. The current director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, was backed strongly by the Chinese government during his campaign for the job. Mr. Tedros was a controversial pick, dogged by allegations of having covered up cholera outbreaks in his native Ethiopia, where he served as health minister (2005-12) and foreign minister (2012-16). During those years, China invested in Ethiopia and lent it billions of dollars. Shortly after winning his WHO election, Mr. Tedros traveled to Beijing and lauded the country’s health-care system: “We can all learn something from China.”

Under Mr. Tedros’s leadership, the WHO has accepted China’s falsehoods about the coronavirus and helped launder them into respectable-looking public-health assessments…

On Jan. 14, before an official WHO delegation had even visited China, the group parroted Beijing’s claim that there was “no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission.” Two weeks later, after China had reported more than 4,500 cases of the virus and over 70 people in other countries were sick with it, Mr. Tedros visited China and heaped praise on its leaders for their “transparency.”

Recall that China waited six weeks after patients first saw symptoms in Wuhan to institute a lockdown there. During this time Chinese authorities censored and punished physicians who tried to sound the alarm, repeatedly denied that the virus could be transmitted between humans, and held a public banquet in Wuhan for tens of thousands of families. In the meantime, more than five million people left or fled Wuhan…

The WHO finally declared a public-health emergency on Jan. 30, after nearly 10,000 cases of the virus had been confirmed…

It’s a fair argument. The WHO acted far too late and has placated China at every turn. Even in early February, when it was clear that the coronavirus had become a pandemic, the WHO said there was no need for measures that “unnecessarily interfere with international travel and trade” and commended China for taking necessary measures to contain the virus.

The below report from World is One News (WION) prosecutes the case well, arguing that WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has “ignored China’s criminal negligence” and has “turned a blind eye to China’s actions”. WION also claims that Dr Ghebreyesus’s appointment to WHO Director-General was bankrolled by China:

Where there’s smoke there’s fire. No wonder the WHO is now referred to by some as the “Wuhan Health Organization”.

Leith van Onselen
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    • “Where there’s smoke there’s fire. No wonder the WHO is now referred to by some as the “Wuhan Health Organization”.

      LOL… by analogy this literally means that OPCW is just a propaganda tool for US?
      We have whistle blowers, we have heads rolling…. perhaps OPCW = Operational Propaganda Center for Washington”?

      Except, no hard evidence against WHO…. apart from “experts in the field associated with CNN”

      Fact is neither is independent, never was independent.
      Fact is that.they all succumb to pressure.and funding bias…
      We know whom have exerted most pressure on international organisations in the entire history of them.

      • Love it 😘👍🏻

        You can add OAS (Org of American States) and most of the Human Rights orgs like HRW, HRC etc. All funded by US State Dept or NED.

        Go to thegrayzone dot com for a comprehensive list of US funded front orgs.

  1. JamesTheBearMEMBER

    It’s not just the WHO, it’s the mainstream press that keeps repeating China has had exemplary handling of the virus and we should all learn from them. The Chinese government has blood on its hands here, the suppression of any news about this virus in the early phases is ultimately going to lead to hundreds of thousands of early deaths.

    • “China has had exemplary handling of the virus and we should all learn from them”
      It is unfathomable this to be remotely true, right?

      How much of blood is on Trump administration for not doing a single thing since the 21 January when the virus was declared pandemic and inter-human transmittable?
      Sweden .gov must be taking a blood bath 2x a day literally for not doing anything substantial until recently …

  2. kiwikarynMEMBER

    Its been so woeful I think an investigation into who is paying off whom is called for. You can’t possibly be that ignorant and not be on someone’s payroll.

    • You may be surprised to learn whom runs the payroll on most international organisations… follow the money trail… easy

  3. The WHO’s Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is just an pliant affirmative action appointee.

    Watching his press conferences I’d have more faith in medical advice from Dr Alban or Dr Doolittle

    • “The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January 2020 and recognized it as a pandemic on 11 March 2020″

      The world knew well enough that the virus was internationally spreading and killing by the end of January.
      Most countries blocked the China traffic in the next few days.(incl Aus). Everyone knew it was dangerous but quarantine meant shutting down own economy….
      Whilst most were jeering over the problems China faced, they did bullocks droppings to prevent the spread at their home. Wuhan quarantine was labelled as human rights violation (in this pond too)

      Declaring something pandemic does not prompt a response, it is the onset of infection and potentials for its morbidity (as reported even before 31. Jan) .
      Interestingly, I was advised that I cannot justify my kids absence from school 14 days following holidays on health concerns – at the time. I cannot wait to see that person again…

      • I agree with everything you said. I still think WHO should have declare this a pandemic much earlier even though I know it’s only symbolic thing and anyone with 1/4 brain already should have understand the risks. Trump has no excuse what he was calling just flue in Jan and Feb.

        • Imagine a scenario where WHO cries the wolf in late Jan, the world economies shut, and Trump comes as the ultimate wisdo(o)m for calling it just a flu (meaning nothing much happens).
          Bottom line, if WHO called it pandemic and directly requested the world to shut and the world indeed shut thus averting pandemic to a little epidemic… they’d be at wrong again….for over-reacting

          WHO cannot be at the leading edge of panic, it can be advisory to the effect but cannot openly call for the world to shut without observable evidence. The whole medical industry is like that, can never say the kettle or the pot are black, they are “extreme opposite of white”… which they did.

  4. Totes BeWokeMEMBER

    Reset WHO and The UN. Corrupt to the core. Not in the interests of the west.

    • Stewie GriffinMEMBER

      If I wanted to take over the world, the first thing I would do would be take over the body that was designed to prevent anyone taking over the world in the future.

      The UN is a Globalist Corporatist mouth piece, it is a slightly more open globalist version of the Bilderberg group and slightly less Corpratist than the Davos forum.

      • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

        Is there anything worse than corrupt leftists? I don’t reckon. Despise them.

    • True dat. Any crew that appoints the Saudis to head their human rights department should be terminated with extreme prejudice. And didn’t they also put the Saudis or some similar band of degenerates in charge of the womens rights operation?

  5. The contempt which the WHO has shown Taiwan (ignoring it because China would get offended otherwise) pretty much sums up the fact that WHO has got Chinese fingers up their puppet butts.

  6. I am GrootMEMBER

    WHO picks up the ball and throws it to What.

    Or maybe WHO just dropped the ball.

  7. Trump understands the Golden Rule. S/he who has the gold makes the rules. The US should definitely pull its WHO funding. Fk ’em. You make your bed you lie in it. Get the cash from China if you want to parrot them.

    • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

      Not just defund. Round them up.

      They must be punished for putting the world’s health last.

    • If US defunds then China gets the whip hand and US loses all influence. US needs to clean out the WHO executive and supply funding with new pro US executive.

  8. Totes BeWokeMEMBER

    US $400m. China $44m.

    A million or two into the back pocket sways it China’s way.

    WHO and Labor sound similar. Selling us out for trinkets.

    • Ronin8317MEMBER

      WHO contribution for the US is around 55 million a year, and US is 200 million in arrears. I have no idea where the 400 million number comes from.

  9. Totes BeWokeMEMBER

    What about how long it took to declare a pandemic?

    It was already running amok.

  10. reusachtigeMEMBER

    Time to dissolve the UN and all related organisations. They are fully commie! If I were Trump I’d fck WHO right over. They deserve it!

  11. Stormy Waters

    What the CCP has done here is just breathtaking and shows how much the West needs to get it’s act together.

    Imagine. The CCP discovers that there’s a virus out of control in Wuhan.

    Choice A: Alert the world, lock down Wuhan, deal with it. Best case outcome is a servere hit and unrest in Wuhan. Likely case is China-only epidemic, leading to China-only economic damage, social unrest, geopolicital setbacks.

    Choice B: Spread it to the world. Be the first hit and best at recovery. Captialise on the chaos.

    Not really a choice from the CCP perspective. So:
    – Cover up the evidence for as long as possible. E.g. punish doctors.
    – Once you’ve admitted, downplay the risk as much as possible, activate assets at the WHO and elsewehere to help.
    – Lie about the statistics. E.g. infections and deaths.
    – Put all Chinese companies and the diaspora to work stripping equipment and supplies from the rest of the world for China’s benefit, but even more importantly to set the stage for the inevitable pandemic.
    – Lie about the statistics. E.g. total deaths before curve flattening.
    – Capitalise on ealrier work by providing aid (at infalted pices), strategically and publically, to countries affected by the pandemic.
    – Lie about the statistics. E.g. growth in April PMI.
    – Seed rumours that COVID-19 was not from China, shouldn’t be called Chinese (note the WHO came up with “COVID-19” with much fanfare aroudn the time they were busy downplaying travel bans and not declaring a pandemic).
    – Lie about the statistics. E.g. extent of secondary outbreaks.
    – Use aid as a cover to ensure deep infection to countries relatively unscathed to date (e.g. current Chinese aid initiatives in Nigeria and Africa more generally).
    – Lie about the statistics.

    And finally, it’s hard not to be at least 90% certain that this happened because Wuhan biolab staff leaked the virus. The idea that it’s coicidental that Wuhan had a biolab and researchers working on bat coronaviruses but this was a natural outbreak beggers belief. Which I believe makes it all the more likely that the CCP has pushed this all the way…in for a fen, in for a yuan.

    • You forgot the bit about castigating others for closing their borders while closing your own a couple of months later to keep foreigners from spreading the virus.

    • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

      Get their interests out of our country. LNP and Labor have to go to cleanse us.

      • GREGORY BRYANMEMBER

        We really now more than ever need a federal based apolitical ICAC like investigative and prosecution organisation that can address past, present and risk evaluate future political corruption.
        ALP, LIB, NATS merry go round needs to end, I have more faith in independents like Wilkie than any political party member CCP or otherwise.

    • I understand why a lot of minds are going in this direction, but answer me this:

      – How could China expect a particular range of outcomes from something as unpredictable as this ?
      – How does it benefit China in the long-run to have unleashed the manufacturing and protectionist spirit in so many countries ?

    • Choice A: Alert the world, lock down Wuhan, deal with it.

      It takes a little of inverstigation outside usual Goggle search engine to see that was the choice taken.

      On 31 December 2019, China contacted the WHO and informed them of “cases of pneumonia of unknown etimology (unknown cause) detected in Wuhan.”[41]

      On 20 January 2020, Chinese epidemiologists with the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDC) published an article stating that the first cluster of patients with “pneumonia of an unknown cause” occurred beginning on 21 December 2019

      On 20 January, after two medical staff were infected in Guangdong, China announced that the virus was human-to-human transmissible.[108]

      One thing for China was left to do for the world: Threat of sanctions to everyone if they don’t stop jeering and take the virus seriously

      –> source

    • rob barrattMEMBER

      Aw come on SW
      What would it have done to Pangolin & Bat sales if it all got out?
      Best way forward is to make the WHO, UN, NATO etc etc part of FIFA. That way, the Russians & the Arabs are paying for it all…….

  12. The US needs to review all UN organisations and de-fund most of them. If I were advising President Trump, I would be saying, pull the funding from WHO and announce that those funds will be put to work inside America, helping to fund the CDC and ensure that the US puts ‘America First’.

    There has been far too much free-riding on the US in the past 30 years.

  13. Ronin8317MEMBER

    The US is currently over 200 million in arrears for the WHO contribution. Trump has effectively stopped paying the WHO since he got elected, so maybe that’s why there is so much Chinese influence right now?