WHO Official Hangs Up on Reporter’s Taiwan Question

Date: 04 April 2020
By John Gizzi

World Health Organization Assistant Director General Bruce Aylward attends a press conference in Beijing on Feb. 24, 2020, amid the spread of a new coronavirus. (Kyodo via AP Images) ==Kyodo

As Taiwan emerges as one of the front-and-center fighters in the international effort to defeat coronavirus, questions are mounting as to why the island-nation is denied membership in the World Health Organization.

Last week, a correspondent from Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) asked WHO spokesman Bruce Aylward whether Taiwan would be considered for membership in the United Nations-run health organization.

Aylward hung up on her — on live television.

The incident has become a social media sensation as a topic of discussion worldwide.  On RTHK's series "The Pulse" — roughly Hong Kong's equivalent of "60 Minutes" — an episode focused on how the coronavirus was affecting New York, London, and Lombardy, Italy.    [FULL  STORY]

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