Sixteen COVID-19 rumors and facts about China (8)
Rumor 8: China has manipulated the WHO to escape from global criticism.
2020/04/29
 

Rumor 8: China has manipulated the WHO to escape from global criticism.

Fact: The WHO is an independent international organization with 194 members and it is impossible for any single nation to bend it to its will.

Of the 21-strong leadership team at the WHO headquarters, 11 of them are from the United States, the European Union and Canada, and only one is from China. Ren Minghui has served as WHO's Assistant Director-General for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases since January 2016 and is continuing this work under the new title of Assistant Director-General for Communicable Diseases.

https://www.who.int/dg/who-headquarters-leadership-team

The US was the biggest financial contributor to the WHO before it decided to cut off the funding recently. China ranks only the sixth in terms of funding, with voluntary donations considered.

https://www.who.int/about/planning-finance-and-accountability/financing-campaign

The WHO consists of senior experts from the medical and public health sector, who are seasoned veterans in the fight against contagious diseases. Their work relies on science, evidence and professional knowledge.

In addition to China, almost all WHO members have clearly stated their support for the work done by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. It is baseless to claim he was elected due to China's help.

https://www.who.int/dg/speeches/detail/who-director-general-s-opening-remarks-at-the-media-briefing-on-covid-19---20-april-2020

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