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W.H.O. Walks Back Claim that Asymptomatic Coronavirus Spread Is ‘Very Rare’

Just 24 hours after claiming that asymptomatic spread of the novel coronavirus is “very rare,” the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) reversed course. Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, head of W.H.O.’s emerging diseases and zoonosis unit, explained that the spread of the global coronavirus pandemic is extremely unlikely: From the data we have, it still seems to…

Israeli Data Firm Reportedly Finds Two Mundane Tweets That Could Reveal Extent Of China’s...

An Israeli data firm reportedly found evidence suggesting that a pair of massively viral tweets in March praising China’s coronavirus response were potentially amplified by a large social media influencing campaign. Both tweets reportedly received more than 382,000 retweets and 1.1 million likes, while only a handful of users who first retweeted them were followers…

Clift: Trump’s Threats to W.H.O. Are ‘Empty’ and Wrong – W.H.O. ‘Answers to the...

On Friday’s “McLaughlin Group,” the Daily Beast’s Eleanor Clift stated that President Trump’s letter to the World Health Organization is merely an “empty threat” and that while the W.H.O. deserves some criticism, it has “been doing a lot of things right” and stepping away from the organization just diminishes America’s role in a “critical” organization…

Tedros Defends W.H.O.: We ‘Worked Day and Night’ on Coronavirus

World Health Organization (W.H.O.) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday that his organization “worked day and night to coordinate the global response” to the coronavirus pandemic, “providing technical advice, catalysing political solidarity, mobilising resources, coordinating resources and much more.”  “So far almost $800 million has been pledged or received towards W.H.O.’s appeal for COVID-19…

Dem Sen. Murphy: Trump Was More of an ‘Apologist’ for China Than W.H.O.

On Tuesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “All In,” Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) said that the World Health Organization was “too cozy with China” in the early days of the coronavirus outbreak, but President Trump “was the chief apologist for China’s early reaction to the virus.” And it is “hard to understand how the W.H.O. would have…

Kinzinger: We Shouldn’t ‘Abandon’ and ‘Disband’ W.H.O. – Money Can Be Used as ‘Leverage...

On Saturday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) stated that the United States shouldn’t completely desert and “disband” the World Health Organization, but should instead push to reform it while still remaining at the table, and that if President Trump decides to partially restore funding to the organization,…

WHO Director-General Tedros ‘Can Sometimes Be A Bit Naive,’ Advisers Say Of China Praise:...

World Health Organization advisers told Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to tone down his rhetoric after he said he wanted to publicly praise China’s supposed quick virus response in January, a Friday report shows. Tedros wanted to commend China after he returned from Beijing in late January, but advisers warned him that such a move would…

Report: Trump Planning to Partially Restore Funding to W.H.O.

On Friday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” host Tucker Carlson reported on a draft letter on a planned partial refunding of the World Health Organization by the Trump administration, which states that the U.S. “will continue to partner and work with the World Health Organization and agree to pay up to…

Reuters Report: ‘Naive,’ ‘Stubborn’ Director Tedros Adhanom Insisted on Praising China

World Health Organization (W.H.O.) Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is “shaken” by the U.S. decision to freeze funding for the agency for not doing enough to stem the spread of the coronavirus when it first surfaced in China, Reuters reported Friday. Reuters cited named and unnamed W.H.O. insiders and other officials as the source for its…

Report: Trump Says US Will Resume Funding WHO — At Same Level As China

The Trump administration will shortly resume funding to the World Health Organization (WHO), but it will be at the same level as China, according to a Fox News report released Friday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” “This is a Fox News alert,” said Carlson, “The Trump administration is on the brink of resuming U.S. funding of…

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