The head of the World Health Organization said Monday the coronavirus pandemic is being politicized and that a lack of global leadership to fight the virus is a bigger threat than the virus itself.
"The world is in desperate need of national unity and global solidarity. The politicization of the pandemic has exacerbated it," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Monday during a videoconference for the Dubai-based World Government Summit.
World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus wears a protective face mask after leaving a ceremony for the restarting of Geneva's landmark fountain, following the COVID-19 outbreak, in Geneva, June 11, 2020.
“The greatest threat we face now is not the virus itself. It’s the lack of global solidarity and global leadership,” Tedros added. Tedros did not say who he thought was politicizing the pandemic.
U.S. President Donald Trump has criticized the WHO for its response to the coronavirus outbreak, saying it acted too slowly and with too much praise for China. He has threatened to end all U.S. funding for the organization.
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