World Health leader says “focus should be on fighting this virus” after Trump’s criticism

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus addressed President Trump’s claims that WHO mishandled the coronavirus, saying right now, “the focus should be on fighting this virus.”

“Not only that we said we have been doing everything we can, but we will continue to do everything — day and night like we have been doing to save lives. We don’t want to waste time,” Tedros said

Tedros said, when you’re confronted with a new and dangerous serious public health concern like coronavirus, WHO does an after-action assessment, “so we will do our assessment identifying the strengths and weaknesses,” WHO wants to learn from our mistakes and strength and move forward, Tedros said.

Some background: During the White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing yesterday, President Trump said WHO had mishandled the coronavirus.

“We’ll be looking into that very carefully. And we’re going to put a hold on money spent to the WHO. We’re going to put a very powerful hold on it and we’re going to see,” he said.

Later in the briefing he clarified that he wouldn’t freeze funding, but “I said we’re going to look at it.”

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