Beijing, June 3, 202 Washington’s decision to sever ties with the World Health Organisation (WHO), widely seen as irresponsible and immoral, has once again riled the world for the Trump administration’s indulgence in scapegoating others, particularly China and WHO.
However, it is widely acknowledged that there is no evidence for the alleged wrongdoing of China and WHO.
Public health experts and officials worldwide generally stand opposed to the United States president, debunking his moves “as a way to deflect attention” for his administration’s botched attempts to deal with domestic predicaments and calling for global collaboration.
Epidemiologists have revealed that 90 per cent of American lives might have been spared amid the pandemic had Washington imposed restrictions including lockdown measures and social distancing two weeks earlier on March 2.
The pain for the United States exit from WHO, a decision “both immoral and likely illegal,” will be inflicted on “the COVID-19 battlefields and in every poor community that relies on U.N. agencies for emergency food, child immunisations, essential medicines, and guidance,” Laurie Garrett, a Pulitzer Prize winning science writer, said in an article published by Foreign Policy.
Garrett also opined that Washington’s move to abandon WHO “encapsulates the most questionable aspects of the president’s leadership style: his penchant to blame others for his mistakes, his refusal to share the global stage politely with other actors, his indulgence of blind self-interest, and his utter contempt of science.”
“We will not succeed against this pandemic, or any future outbreak, unless we stand together, share information and coordinate actions,” he added.
Calling Trump’s decision “shameful and irresponsible,” Ami Bera, Democrat of California in the United States House of Representatives, tweeted that leaving the WHO “will make the United States and the world less safe.”
The United States severance of ties with the WHO is “not a good sign,” said Shekhar Mande, director general of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research in India.
Photo taken on Jan. 22, 2020 shows an exterior view of the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. (Xinhua/Liu Qu)
“WHO is a valuable body which has played an important role.
“We cannot tear down the dike in the middle of a storm,” Maas was quoted by Reuters as saying.
Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)