Viral Outbreak: US senators call for WHO observer status

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 02, 2020
By: Lin Chia-nan  /  Staff reporter

US Senator Cory Gardner and six other Republican senators on Friday urged WHO Director-General

The WHO logo is pictured in Geneva, Switzerland, on Thursday.
Photo: Reuters

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to grant Taiwan “observer” status in the global agency’s fight against the spread of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

Gardner, chairman of the US Senate Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific and International Cybersecurity Policy, published on his Web site the letter cosigned by US senators Tom Cotton, Marco Rubio, John Cornyn, Jim Inhofe, Mitt Romney and Ted Cruz.

The WHO on Thursday declared the 2019-nCoV outbreak a public health emergency of international concern, while lauding Beijing, saying: “China quickly identified the virus and shared its sequence so that other countries could diagnose it quickly and protect themselves, which has resulted in the rapid development of diagnostic tools.”

In contrast, the letter was critical of China, saying it “hid details about the spread of 2019-nCoV and arrested those who attempted to alert the Chinese public in January.”    [FULL  STORY]

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