US Secretary of Health Alex Azar used his participation in the World Health Organization (WHO) annual meeting to accuse the organization itself and China of lacking transparency about the corona virus.
“To hide this outbreak, at least one member state has joked about its transparency obligations, which have cost enormous money around the world,” Azar said, according to the US public service broadcaster NPR.
“We have seen how WHO failed in its primary task of sharing information and being transparent when Member States are not acting in good faith,” he argued.
For Azar “this cannot happen again”. “This ‘status quo’ is unbearable. The WHO needs to change and be more transparent and more accountable,” he said. The first step for Washington is to examine “every aspect of WHO’s response to the epidemic”.