WHO Worries As One Person in 10 Are Vulnerable to COVID-19
The World Health Organization (WHO) claims that approximately one person in 10 people are susceptible to COVID-19 infection since the number of new cases across the globe is rapidly rising. The global health organization made this statement on Monday, October 5, 2020, after many countries have recently recorded a sharp increase of new cases and some claimed to witness the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
With this new development, the organization took an initiative for an international mission to China, where the virus was erupted in December 2019, to examine and investigate the origin of the pandemic. Until the end of September, the virus has infected more than 35 million and has taken over one million lives globally.
Issues related to the misinformation regarding the virus situations in China, the United States accused the WHO of being partial and incompetent. Washington withdrew from the WHO in July based on the allegation that the global health organization hid actual information about the COVID-19 in China.
WHO’s COVID-19 Alarming Claims
On Monday, the WHO’s leading health emergency expert Mike Ryan addressed the agency’s Executive Board about the current COVID-19 situations worldwide and warned that a majority of the people were vulnerable to this virus. Over the last few weeks, many countries in Southeast Asia recorded a raid surge of the virus infection and the death cases were seen rising in parts of Europe and the eastern Mediterranean region.
Ryan stated in a statement, “Our current best estimates tell us about 10% of the global population may have been infected by this virus. It varies depending on the country, it varies from urban to rural, and it varies depending on groups. But what it does mean is that the vast majority of the world remains at risk,” He further added, “We are now heading into a difficult period. The disease continues to spread,” reflecting on the surge of new cases around the world.
Without explaining details, Ryan said that the WHO has submitted a list of international experts for the health mission to China with the consideration by Chinese authorities. Representing the European Union (EU) voice, Germany said the expert mission would be deployed soon, which was supported other countries including Australia to commence a swift investigation.
WHO and Washington Disagreement
Focusing on the new mission, U.S. assistant health secretary Brett Giroir said that it was critical that WHO’s 194 member states receive “regular and timely updates, including the terms of reference for this panel or any field missions so that we can all engage with the process and be confident in the outcomes”. Earlier, the US had attacked the WHO alleging that the organization worked to protect the interest of China and had avoided providing timely information about the pandemic.
China’s National Health Commission, Zhang Yang said, “China has always been transparent and responsible to fulfil our international obligations.” By adding that it also maintained close contacts with all levels of the United Nations (UN) health agency.
Meanwhile, Russia’s deputy health minister Alexandra Dronova pressurized the WHO and called for an evaluation of the legal and financial repercussions of the US withdrawal from the organization. A US official said on September 2 that the country would not pay some $80 million it owes the WHO and would instead use for paying its UN bill in New York.