World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is up for reelection. After repeatedly endorsing the Chinese Communist Party’s slow and secretive response to the COVID-19 pandemic and helping it conceal the origins of the outbreak, he is asking the United States and other WHO member nations to support his bid.
The WHO’s Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has shown an evident bias to accept Chinese declarations and denials at face value – this has created a delay in international responses.. This in spite of a very limited Chinese contribution to WHO, but it matches the weakness of other UN organizations in the face of China’s powerful campaigning. As China itself has reversed course on the epidemic, the WHO becomes once more an irreplaceable tool in health emergencies.