The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday rejected “the unsubstantiated attacks” in response to statements in which US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo allegedly accused China of “buying” the director general of United Nations agency Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
“WHO is not aware of such statements, but we strongly reject ad hominem attacks and unsubstantiated accusations,” said the WHO in a statement, calling on all countries to continue to focus on managing the statements causes tragic loss of life and suffering. “
Pompeo reportedly made these comments at a closed-door meeting with British lawmakers during Tuesday’s visit to the Henry Jackson Society in London during the visit to the UK, the British press reported on Wednesday.
“When the most important thing happened when a pandemic broke out in China, the Chinese government bought Dr. Tedros,” Pompeo was quoted as saying. “I say this with a fixed intelligence base, an agreement has been reached,” he was quoted as saying, sources consulted by, among others, The Times and The Telegraph.
The President of the United States, Donald Trump, announced the country’s exit from WHO in May because he believes the coronavirus pandemic is poor management. Both the President and Pompeo have accused the WHO of hiding China’s alleged responsibility for the development and spread of COVID-19 and even talked about the “Chinese virus”.