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New Delhi: Japan’s Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso has said the World Health Organization (WHO) should be renamed as the “Chinese Health Organization” as he accused the global body of toeing the China line on the coronavirus pandemic.

Addressing lawmakers at the House of Representatives in Tokyo, Aso slammed WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus for what he called his “inadequate evaluation to address the coronavirus outbreak“.

He also referenced to a petition on change.org calling for Ghebreyesus to resign over his handling of the pandemic.

“At least the petition has received 500,000 signatures. People think the World Health Organization should change its name…it shouldn’t be called the WHO, it should be renamed the CHO (or Chinese Health Organization). This is truly resonating with the people,” Aso said.

The petition has now received nearly 7 lakh signatures worldwide. It was started by Osuka Yip and blames the WHO chief for underestimating Covid-19 and refusing to “declare China virus outbreak as a global health emergency” in late January.

It goes on to allege that WHO was not politically neutral and says: “Without any investigation, Ghebreyesus solely believes on the death and infected numbers that the Chinese government provided them with.”

The petition further states that Taiwan should not be excluded from the WHO for political reasons. Taiwan has been locked out of membership in the WHO due to its complex relationship with China.

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“Early on, if the WHO had not insisted to the world that China had no pneumonia epidemic, then everybody would’ve taken precautions. The WHO, which is a global organisation, does not even include Taiwan. And then precisely because Taiwan is not a member of the WHO, it becomes a world leader in fighting the epidemic,” Aso said Saturday.

The Japanese deputy prime minister also accused the former director general of the global health body — Margaret Chan — of poor accountability. He went on to add that Ghebreyesus was no better for giving into China’s spin about the coronavirus.


Also read: Japan’s likely next PM raises doubts about holding Olympics next year too


Japan’s fight with Covid-19

Japan has reported more than 2,300 cases of coronavirus, while close to 60 people have died so far. This is excluding the Diamond Princess cruise ship harboured at Yokohama. The cruise ship has reported more than 700 cases of Covid-19 and 11 deaths.

The pandemic that has affected more than 200 countries in the world also led to the postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympics, which were meant to take place in Tokyo.

Japan had invested 35 trillion yen, which is equivalent to $12.35 billion, for the sporting event. The budget for the Tokyo Olympics was split between the organising committee and the local and national governments, while the International Olympic Committee also contributed more than $800 million.


Also read: Olympics delay means $12 billion games just got more expensive


 

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15 COMMENTS

  1. Why this Chinese virus born in Wuhan where virology lab exist and wet market.
    There are no coincidence in the world, all are planned.
    China blaming bats, pangolin, wet market to cover up their virus experiment in lab.
    Every one knows china wants world leadership.
    If any one accused China creating bio weapons, yes they will do such thing.
    Why China arrested the doctor who supposed to alert the world about this virus in December itself??
    Why WHO covering China failure on this Chinese Virus.
    China is well kn brand for its Virus since decades.
    US President took right decision to stop funding useless WHO. WHO taking money from US and covering Chinese Virus… Who doesn’t deserve funding.
    New naming convention required on below:
    Covid-19 to WuhanV-19
    WHO to CHO

  2. I Support USA to remove WHO funding, because, The WHO allowed Chinese people to travel into every country and when they declared it as pandemic, by the time all the damage is done, if WHO had asked all nations of stop Chinese inflow , then World could have been a better place, and it would have allowed other countries to function in full potential to contain virus in CHINA, in all ways, but what WHO and China did is it spread the same to all countries is not correct, by keeping it secret.

  3. Rest assured, China will face repercussions. US already calling it a Pearl harbour moment in its history. We all know what it did to the perpetrators then. Don’t be surprised if China is “encouraged” to break up into many parts like Taiwan, Tibet, Xinjiang etc. The excessive aggression in Chinese foreign policy is likely to face a global push back soon.

    • No… It won’t. An outcome like that will worsen the country’s reputation… And we all know, they’re all about the reputation…

  4. When the world was asleep, China was catching bats. When the world was asleep China was bribing WHO. How long are we going to sleep.?

  5. What about plague cholera Spanish flue come from Europe approximately five crores of people are dead. So the Europeans are responsible for that be silly

    • Did the Europeans cover it up? Isn’t that the key take away here along with the responsibilities of the WHO to prevent another “Spanish Flu” ?

    • The Spanish flu originated in China. The reason it is known as the Spanish flu is because Spain was the only country that honestly reported its numbers.

        • Why China arrested the doctor who supposed to alert the world about this virus in December itself??
          Why WHO covering China failure on this Chinese Virus.
          China is well kn brand for its Virus since decades.
          US President took right decision to stop funding useless WHO. WHO taking money from US and covering Chinese Virus… Who doesn’t deserve funding.
          New naming convention required on below:
          Covid-19 to WuhanV-19
          WHO to CHO

        • China is well kn brand for its Virus since decades.
          US President took right decision to stop funding useless WHO. WHO taking money from US and covering Chinese Virus… Who doesn’t deserve funding.
          New naming convention required on below:
          Covid-19 to WuhanV-19
          WHO to CHO

  6. We should not blame to any country or any religion. The outbreak of the infection and spread is so fast that the decisions appear late. Allah may save us from this invisible terrorist

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