WHO Defends China After US Criticism Over Outbreak
The World Health Organization on Friday defended China following US claims of a lack of transparency in Beijing's response to the new coronavirus outbreak
Geneva, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 14th Feb, 2020 ) :The World Health Organization on Friday defended China following US claims of a lack of transparency in Beijing's response to the new coronavirus outbreak.
But Michael Ryan, head of WHO's health emergencies programme, listed various ways in which he said China had collaborated with the international community.
"But everyone is entitled to their opinion and everyone is entitled to suggest evidence for their opinion," he said.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Beijing has had an "open and transparent attitude" with the global community since the start of the epidemic, and maintained close communication and exchanged epidemic information with the US side in a "timely manner".
Asked whether there had been any mistakes made by Chinese authorities in their response to the outbreak, Ryan said: "It's not the time for us to start public recrimination." "China and the rest of the world... will learn and I hope implement the lessons of this. One of the tragedies of global response and public health response in general has been that we don't tend to learn the lessons," he said.
"Everyone needs to focus on performance now, and they need to focus on getting the job done and the last thing you tell someone that needs to get a job done is that you didn't do your job last week or the week before," he said.
"We will wait for any forensic investigation of this response until we've achieved further success in containing this virus we hope," he added.