US criticises WHO for ignoring Taiwan virus warnings
Date: 10 Apr 2020
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen receives a framed photograph from a masked soldier amid the coronavirus pandemic during a visit to a military base in Tainan. AFP/Sam Yeh
WASHINGTON: The United States on Thursday (Apr 9) accused the World Health Organization of putting politics first by ignoring Taiwanese warnings over China's coronavirus outbreak, laying out its case against the UN body.
President Donald Trump has threatened to withhold US funding for the WHO, which is at the forefront of fighting the pandemic that has infected more than 1.5 million people worldwide.
Elaborating on Trump's case, the State Department said the WHO was too late in sounding the alarm over COVID-19, showed too much deference to China and questioned why it did not pursue a lead from Taiwan. [FULL STORY]