WORLD US urged to support WHO with 'real action'

WORLD

US urged to support WHO with 'real action'

China Daily

10:15, February 14, 2021

A photo taken in the late hours of August 17, 2020 shows a sign of the World Health Organization (WHO) at their headquarters in Geneva amid the COVID-19 outbreak. (Photo: AFP)

China welcomes the return of the United States to the World Health Organization, but hopes it will support the WHO's work with "real actions", a spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in the US said on Saturday.

A senior US official issued a statement claiming America's re-engaging the WHO means holding it to the highest standards and asking all countries participate in a transparent and robust process for preventing and responding to health emergencies. It also questions some ongoing work of the WHO.

Asked to comment on the US statement, the Chinese embassy spokesperson said China welcomes the return of the US to the World Health Organization but pointed out the WHO is an authoritative multilateral international organization in the field of health, not a carousel where one can get on and off at will.

"What the US has done in recent years has severely undermined multilateral institutions, including the WHO, and gravely damaged international cooperation on COVID-19," the spokesperson said. "But the US, acting as if none of this had ever happened, is pointing fingers at other countries who have been faithfully supporting the WHO and at the WHO itself. With such a track record, how can it win the confidence of the world?"

It is hoped the US will hold itself to the highest standards, take a serious, earnest, transparent and responsible attitude, shoulder its responsibility, support the WHO's work with real actions and make due contributions to international cooperation on COVID-19,the spokesperson said, adding, "The whole world will be watching."

Related Stories

Terms of Service & Privacy Policy

We have updated our privacy policy to comply with the latest laws and regulations. The updated policy explains the mechanism of how we collect and treat your personal data. You can learn more about the rights you have by reading our terms of service. Please read them carefully. By clicking AGREE, you indicate that you have read and agreed to our privacy policies

Agree and continue