We Don't Have the Power to Enforce Our Advice; Countries Should Take Their Own Responsibilities Says WHO

  • At a press conference, the World Health Organization (WHO), headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland said it could only "give advice", and countries had to take their own responsibilities. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO's director-general said the agency does not have any mandate to force countries to implement what the organization advice them, hence countries should take their own responsibilities "countries can either take our advice or reject it". Tedros further said that the agency declared the highest level of global emergency on January 30 when there were only 82 cases in China and the world should have listened to WHO then carefully and taken all its public health measures possible. Recently, amidst this pandemic, the United States halted funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) as Trump claims that the agency did not warn the country of the occurring public health emergency.

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