A senior official with the UN’s World Health Organization faked an internet connection failure when he was called out.
During an interview a reporter with Radio Television Hong Kong was interviewing Bruce Aylward, senior adviser to WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom, he was asked if the WHO would reconsider its relationship with Taiwan during the Wuhan pandemic.
Taiwan, a country excluded from the WHO because of China, alerted the UN organization in December that the coronavirus was being transmitted from humans to humans. The WHO ignored Taiwan and in mid-January published China’s lie that Wuhan Virus was not being transmitted from person to person.
“Will the WHO reconsider Taiwan’s membership?” the reporter asked.
Aylward stared at his camera for several seconds strongly staring at his camera and then said, “I’m sorry, I couldn’t hear your question.”
The reporter then tries to restate the question and Aylward responded saying, “No, that’s OK. Let’s move to another one then.”
But, the reporter again attempted to repeat the question, saying she is “really curious” to talk with Taiwan and see how they responded to the coronavirus. Aylward then ended the Skype call.
The reporter called Aylward back and continued to press him about Taiwan. The Canadian doctor refused to admit Taiwan existed and ended the interview.
“Well, we’ve already talked about China,” Aylward said. “And you know, when you look across all the different areas of China, they’ve actually all done quite a good job. So, with that, I’d like to thank you very much for inviting us to participate, and good luck as you go forward with the battle in Hong Kong.”
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The WHO ignored Taiwan because it takes China’s position in the conflict over Taiwan’s sovereignty, the Financial Times reports:
Taiwan is excluded from the WHO because China, which claims it as part of its territory, demands that third countries and international bodies do not treat it in any way that resembles how independent states are treated.
The WHO’s relationship with China has been criticized in the past, with some accusing the organization of overly praising Beijing’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak despite allegations local officials had initially covered it up.
Written by March 30, 2020–