The World Health Organization has dismissed as”false allegations” a press report that it withheld information regarding the new coronavirus after pressure from China.
The U.N. bureau said in a statement late Saturday a German magazine report on a phone conversation involving WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Jan. 21 had been”unfounded and untrue.”
Weekly Der Spiegel reported that Xi requested Tedros throughout the telephone to hold back info regarding the human-to-human transmission of this virus and delay announcing a pandemic.
Der Spiegel also promised the BND concluded around six months to fight the epidemic was lost because of China’s data policy.
The U.N. bureau stated Tedros and Xi”haven’t spoken by telephone” and added that”such improper reports distract and detract from WHO’s and the planet’s attempts to finish the COVID-19 pandemic.”
It stated that China affirmed human-to-human transmission of this new coronavirus on Jan. 20.
WHO officials issued a statement two weeks after stating there were signs of human-to-human transmission in Wuhan, but further investigation was mandatory. The worldwide body announced COVID-19 a pandemic on Feb. 11.
U.S. President Donald Trump was one of the strongest critics of WHO’s managing of this outbreak, accusing it of deference to China and quitting obligations to the bureau.