COVID19: WHO shamed again for backing China after official refuses to recognise Taiwan

COVID19: WHO shamed again for backing China after official refuses to recognise Taiwan

Bangladesh Live News | @banglalivenews | 29 Mar 2020, 08:53 am
Geneva/Taipei: The World Health Organization (WHO), which is under fire for its alleged efforts to protect China over the transmission of coronavirus, has been slammed again for its bias against Taiwan, which is officially known as the Republic of China (ROC) and has been governed independently despite the Chinese claim of the island nation as its province.

The world is witnessing a massive COVID 19 outbreak and in such a scenario several experts have questioned the role played by World Health Organization (WHO) in dealing with the disease and its alleged move of siding with China, the nation from which the virus supposedly spread across the globe since its inception late last year in Wuhan city.


A recent reaction given by a WHO official during an interview over not recognizing Taiwan as a  member even as the nation is putting up a strong fight against the virus also earned criticisms from experts who could smell a Chinese interference in the global health body. 


Taiwan had last week questioned the role WHO is playing as it accused the international health body of ignoring its questions at the start of the coronavirus outbreak that has hit lives in nearly all the nations across the globe now.


Taiwan is prevented from becoming a WHO member allegedly under pressure from China as Beijing views it as a province rather than a state.


However, Taiwan was one of the nations which responded fast to the COVID 19 outbreak in China and have so far reported limited deaths from the disease in comparison to the Chinese mainland.


Taiwan slams WHO forcing a response

Last week, Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu tweeted a complaint to the WHO after an interview of WHO Assistant Director-General Bruce Aylward with a Hong Kong reporter in which he reportedly rejected to answer questions on whether Taiwan should be a member of the international health body.


Sharing a video of the interview, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs tweeted: "Wow, can’t even utter 'Taiwan' in the WHO? You should set politics aside in dealing with a pandemic. FYI @WHO , 450+ news reports from 40+ countries so far positively covered #Taiwan’s handling of #COVID19. These reports do not mistake us as part of China & #TaiwanCanHelp. JW."