WHO denies report of Xi dialling Tedros to ‘delay COVID-19 global warning’

According to Der Spiegel, a German news outlet, BND - Germany's Federal Intelligence Service had claimed that China "urged" WHO to “delay a global warning” about the coronavirus

In a series of tweets on Saturday (May 9), the WHO clarified that Tedros and Xi never spoke on phone and said the "inaccurate reports distract and detract WHO'S and the World's efforts to end COVID-19".

Denying a media report that claimed Chinese President Xi Jinping had in January requested World Health Organisation (WHO)’s Director-General Tedros Adhanom  to ‘delay a global warning’ regarding coronavirus outbreak, termed the claims “unfounded and untrue.”

According to Der Spiegel, a German news outlet, ‘Bundesnachrichtendienst’ (BND) – Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service had claimed that China “urged” the global health agency to “delay a global warning” about the coronavirus outbreak.

As per the intelligence, Xi and Tedros had a call on January 21 during which the Chinese President asked WHO chief to “hold back information about a human-to-human transmission and to delay a pandemic warning.”

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“The BND estimates that China’s information policy lost four to six weeks to fight the virus worldwide,” the report said.

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In a series of tweets on Saturday (May 9), the WHO clarified that Tedros and Xi never spoke on phone and said the “inaccurate reports distract and detract WHO’S and the World’s efforts to end COVID-19”.

The organisation also noted that China ad on January 20 confirmed human-to-human transmission of the novel coronavirus following which WHO publicly declared the same on January 22.

Coronavirus was declared a pandemic in March.

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Earlier, US President Donald Trump too had accused the WHO of siding with China and said the organisation was a tool of ‘Chinese propaganda’. Following the allegation he also stopped the aid to the organisation.

An investigation has also been launched into the WHO’s role in the spread of COVID-19.

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