Taiwan vice president slams WHO chief over coronavirus comments

WHO director-general failed to take into account country differences in virus fight: Chen

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/03/11
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Vice President Chen Chien-jen (screengrab from his Facebook page) 

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus gave out erroneous messages because he failed to observe changes in the way countries dealt with the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) said Wednesday (March 11).

The global health body chief carelessly changed his comments about the mortality rate, ranging from underestimating the scale of the threat to creating a panic, CNA quoted Chen as saying. The vice president gained prominence as Taiwan’s health minister during the 2003 fight against SARS.

He criticized the WHO lists which only mention the number of coronavirus cases and the number of deaths without taking the countries’ populations into account. Taiwan, Japan, and the United States would come out with the lowest incidence of the virus using the calculation method he proposed, Chen wrote on his Facebook page.    [FULL  STORY]

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