By Standard UK. The head of the World Health Organisation was reduced to tears as he berated the “tragedy” of Donald Trump formally moving to withdraw the US.
Dr Tedros Adhanom became tearful during a press conference hours after the US president notified the UN and Congress that he was pulling all funding from the global health body.
“This is a tragedy that…” he said on Thursday, his voice cracking. “Actually, it’s forcing us to miss many of our friends, losing many lives.”
After a long pause, seemingly lost for words, he said, his voice shaking: “And we cannot defeat this pandemic as a divided world. The Covid-19 pandemic is a test of global solidarity and global leadership. . .
“Are we unable to distinguish or identify the common enemy? Can’t we understand that the divisions or the cracks between us actually are the advantage for the virus?” (Read more from “WATCH: World Health Organization Chief Starts Crying as He Slams ‘Tragedy’ of Donald Trump” HERE)
WHO Chief Taps Ex-Leaders to Head COVID-19 Response Panel
By ABC News. The head of the World Health Organization said Thursday that former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark will head a new panel tasked with giving “an honest assessment” of the global response to the coronavirus pandemic.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, whose agency is facing a U.S. pullout following Trump administration complaints about its early handling of the virus emergency, announced the appointments to the newly created Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response.
“I cannot imagine two more strong-minded, independent leaders to help guide us through this critical learning process to help us understand what happened — an honest assessment — and to help us understand also what we should do to prevent such a tragedy in the future,” Tedros said.
The WHO chief reiterated his calls for global unity and decried a general lack of leadership, but he made no reference to the Trump administration giving formal 1-year notice this week of its intent to withdraw the United States from the U.N. health agency. (Read more from “WHO Chief Taps Ex-Leaders to Head COVID-19 Response Panel” HERE)