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Why Can’t We All Get Along? W.H.O. Chief Tedros Weeps for Humanity: Begs World to Unite Behind his Leadership

A clearly distressed W.H.O. Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus wiped tears from his eyes Thursday as he blasted a global “lack of leadership and solidarity” during the coronavirus crisis, pleading with world figures to unite and back his troubled organization.

“How is it difficult for humans to unite and fight a common enemy that is killing people indiscriminately?” Tedros pleaded between long breaths and deep pauses that punctuated his dewy-eyed speech in Geneva, Switzerland.

 “Are we unable to distinguish or identify the common enemy? Can’t we understand that the divisions and the cracks between us are an advantage for the virus?”

Untroubled by the irony leadership was exactly what the world wanted from him and the W.H.O. rather than the other way around during the crisis, Tedros urged countries to “open up” to scrutiny during an impending international investigation into the deadly pandemic to be headed by former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark.

He said he had warned “for years” of an approaching pandemic, but nobody chose to believe him.
“For years, many of us warned that a catastrophic respiratory pandemic was inevitable,” he said.

“It was not a question of if, but when. But still, despite all the warnings, the world was not ready. Our systems were not ready. Our communities were not ready. Our supply chains collapsed.

“It is time for a very honest reflection. All of us must look in the mirror — the World Health Organisation, every member state, all involved in the response. Everyone.”

The Tedros call for open inquiry into the handling of the epidemic comes in the wake of solid criticism that neither he nor the W.H.O. have done anything but act in the interests of China since the virus was first detected in the southern chinese city of Wuhan last November.
His own behaviour has also been questioned.
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