The World Health Organization had to work with China to understand the disease caused by the coronavirus, a WHO senior adviser said today in response to U.S. President Donald Donald Trumps criticism that the global body is “very China centric.”
Since the virus emerged in China and caused “the vast majority of the worlds cases” by mid-February, the WHO had to go there and understand “the curiousness of the disease,” including how its transmitted and what the Chinese were doing that seemed to slow it down, Bruce Aylward, senior adviser to the WHO director general, told reporters.
Aylward led the WHO mission to China in mid-February and has since praised the countrys efforts in fighting the virus, noting that there were a lot of questions about what worked and what didnt.
“Its been such an important part of being able to manage what is currently an extraordinarily devastating public health crisis,” he added.
The WHO takes the same approach with all countries and was not giving special treatment to China, which happened to be the place where it all started, he said.