As we gain an ever clearer picture of the virus crisis unfolding before us, a number of salient and worrisome questions have emerged – many of which seem to point to China having manipulated the data that they sent out to the rest of the unsuspecting world.
Beijing’s reputation for self-preservation is legendary, and their long history of human rights abuse speaks for itself. This isn’t the sort of nation that comes right out and admits when there’s a problem, and this is a tactic shared by a great many authoritarian regimes the world over. What’s so worrisome here is that the information China shared with the rest of the world was meant to save lives by allowing other nations to gauge the sort of response they should be mustering.
China’s information did not accomplish that, and many are wondering if the error was negligent, or perhaps nefarious. In other words: The possibility of a Chinese coverup is growing.
In order to conjure this sort of monumental fib, China would have had to have help, and many have been pointing the finger at certain figures within the World Health Organization. Now, the WHO is asking for massive additional funding from these same nations that we blindsided by coronavirus, thanks to the manipulated Chinese data.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) announced Thursday it is ready to launch an appeal for more than $US1 billion to underwrite operations against the Chinese coronavirus pandemic.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus believes the pandemic needs a whole-of government and society response, and to that end is seeking a new funding lifeline outside its existing United Nations funding stream.
It follows a similar WHO call in February which sought $675 million in “special, one-off funding” to deliver two months worth of direct aid to China and international agencies.
Now it is back again and asking for more.
“For the past 100 days, our unwavering commitment has been to serve all people of the world with equity, objectivity and neutrality. That will continue to be our sole focus in the days, weeks and months ahead,” Dr Tedros said.
As attitudes toward China’s response to the virus continue to deteriorate, and with Beijing and the WHO purportedly in cahoots, this is a bold, and perhaps foolish request.
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