Australia records fewest daily COVID-19 cases since early March as Woolworths resumes deliveries; WHO defends itself against criticism
Questioned at a news conference in Gevena, the WHO Director-General denied such a warning was made on that date.
“The first report came from Wuhan – from China itself – so Taiwan was only asking for clarification and as some people were claiming, Taiwan was not reporting human to human transmission,” Dr Tedros said.
“This has to be clear, they were asking for clarification.
“We have all the documentation and the email we received from Taiwan is [sic] to get more clarification on the issue based on China’s report.”
Taiwan is excluded from the WHO and the UN framework which observes the One China Policy.
US President Donald Trump has been a vocal critic of what he says has been WHO’s China-bias – a concern shared by Australia.
The WHO has defended itself against criticisms but is continuing to face questions on its early handling of the pandemic.
“Many countries – who are very developed – putting the wrong conclusions because they didn’t know it and got into trouble,” Dr Tedros said.
“We warned even developed countries, saying this virus will even surprise developed countries – it did, we said this.
In mid-January, WHO tweeted: “Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel coronavirus identified in Wuhan, China,” WHO tweeted on January 14.
It declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern” on January 30 but waited until mid-March to declare a pandemic.