Some were surprised last week when the deputy Prime Minister of Japan, Taro Aso, blasted the WHO, referring to them as the “Chinese Health Organisation” for their alleged role in helping the Chinese Communist Party to cover up the coronavirus.
Aso said: “People think the World Health Organization should change its name. It shouldn’t be called the WHO, it should be renamed the Chinese Health Organization. Early on, if the WHO had not insisted to the world that China had no pneumonia epidemic, then everybody would have taken precautions.”
He went on to slam the WHO for what many see as unjust treatment of Taiwan. This is in reference to a controversial interview segment last week where Hong Kong broadcaster RTHK spoke with WHO official Bruce Aylward who conspicuously refused to answer a question about the pacific island.
Bruce Aylward @WHO did an interview with HK's @rthk_news When asked about #Taiwan he pretended not to hear the question. The journalist asked again & he even hung up! Woo can't believe how corrupted @WHO is. pic.twitter.com/uyBytfO3LP
— Studio Incendo (@studioincendo) March 28, 2020
Perhaps the most sinister part of the clip is the end, when Aylward is asked about Taiwan, and he responds that he’d “already talked about China”, essentially denying the small country’s existence and regurgitating Chinese Communist Party propaganda. To be clear, Taiwan considers itself an independent country – it’s only the Chinese government that says otherwise. And yet, this WHO official sees it fit to reinforce the position of the Chinese Communist Party.
But of course, it wouldn’t be the first time the WHO backed up this totalitarian regime. In February they released guidelines on how the media should talk about the disease which discouraged news outlets from using the phrases “Wuhan Virus” or “Chinese Virus”, to avoid what they called “stigmatisation”. In fact, the WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom, made the outrageous statement that China is “setting a new standard for outbreak response”.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says China is actually setting a new standard for outbreak response. pic.twitter.com/rsdmYNXJ6f
— Chinese Embassy in Tanzania (@ChineseEmbTZ) January 31, 2020
None of this is even close to true, and we know it. China has been lying about this disease and covering it up from the first day they knew about it, with whistleblowers who spoke up routinely disappearing. And yet even when they lied about the disease in January, saying it wasn’t transmissible between people, the WHO uncritically believed it without evidence and reported as much to the world. How’s that claim holding up now that the bodybags are piling up?
Of course Adhanom would believe them though – he’s a Communist himself. He got his position as WHO Director-General after serving as the Ethiopian Health Minister in a violent Marxist-Leninist political party. He and Xi are comrades of the same ideology. On top of this, while he was health minister, Adhanom was accused by health professionals of covering up multiple cholera outbreaks in Ethipoia in 2017 to save his Communist government from embarrassment, which allegedly resulted in tens of thousands of unnecessary deaths. Even if it wasn’t an intentional coverup, he at least has a track record of seriously misdiagnosing disease breakouts at the cost of human lives. And that’s in keeping with what we’ve seen here.
This is the same WHO that told countries not to close their borders or implement travel bans back in January – how’s that working out? – and has said nothing about the massive amount of worthless defective medical equipment China has been sending to Europe.
By covering for authoritarian hellscapes like China, the WHO are quickly squandering their credibility as a politically neutral voice on the international stage. If they keep it up, its only a matter of time before they aren’t taken seriously at all.