WHO chief wishes Donald Trump 'a full and speedy recovery' after contracting Covid-19

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  • WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus wished Donald Trump a "speedy recovery" after Trump and his wife Melania tested positive for Covid-19.
  • Earlier this year, Trump was at loggerheads with the WHO, accusing it of botching the response to the coronavirus pandemic which first emerged in China.
  • Trump called the WHO "a puppet of China" and claimed the world health body was too close to Beijing.

Geneva – The head of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on Friday wished Donald Trump a swift recovery after the US president and his wife Melania caught Covid-19.

In a tweet, Tedros wished the couple "a full and speedy recovery" as he echoed well wishes from around the world.

Trump is pulling the United States out of the UN health agency, which he accuses of botching its response to the pandemic that emerged in China, and of being too close to Beijing.

In May, Trump said: "They're a puppet of China, they're China-centric to put it nicer... They gave us a lot of bad advice."

He accused the WHO of "severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus".

Trump charged, among other things, that the outbreak could have been contained "with very little death" if the WHO had accurately assessed the situation in China, where the respiratory disease broke out late last year.

'Independent evaluation'

The United States formally started its withdrawal from the WHO in July, making good on Trump's threats to deprive the organisation of its top donor.

Public health advocates and Trump's political opponents voiced outrage at the move.

Throughout the pandemic, Tedros has consistently hit out at divisions in the international community, warning of the consequences of a lack of solidarity.

Against the backdrop of Trump's criticisms, WHO member states in May agreed a resolution calling for an "impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation... to review experience gained and lessons learned from the WHO-coordinated international health response" to the pandemic.

It said the probe should review WHO's "actions... and their timelines".

The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response is headed by former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark and former Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

The group intends to produce interim findings in November and a full report in May 2021.

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