Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director of the World Health Organization, recently tried to send an encouraging message about progress in China regarding the coronavirus.
However, all he seemed to do was draw more attention and scrutiny on his role in what seems to be a massive coverup.
Holding Back Information
The latest narrative out of the White House is that China held back much-needed information very early on that hurt the entire world’s readiness in being able to prepare for the coronavirus.
On Friday, Tedros sent out a tweet celebrating China had its first day of no new coronavirus cases being reported…
For the first time, #China has reported no domestic #COVID19 cases yesterday. This is an amazing achievement, which gives us all reassurance that the #coronavirus can be beaten. https://t.co/py3Ka2cbLK
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) March 20, 2020
If everything were on the up and up, the praise would seem appropriate.
However, some theories are starting to get spun up that Tedros may have been complicit in helping China play down the seriousness of the virus itself.
According to reports, Tedros met with President Xi in January and helped to suppress the “severity, prevalence, and scope of the COVID-19 outbreak.”
The allegations are being made by Bradley Thayer, a political science professor at the University of Texas, San Antonio, and Lianchao Han, the vice president of Citizen Power Initiatives for China.
In their opinion, China could have come forward weeks before it did as well as the W.H.O. declaring a health emergency far quicker than it had.
The W.H.O. announced a global health emergency on January 30, then waited until March 11 to declare the coronavirus a global pandemic.
This goes from conspiracy theory to coverup after our State Department revealed, on Friday, that China had destroyed coronavirus sampled destroyed on January 3.
That is almost two full weeks before anyone became aware of the situation and almost a full month before the W.H.O. made its first declaration that this was a real problem.
Tedros has, all the while, defended the response that has been made by China.
Thayer and Han stated, “When he should have been focusing on global counter-pandemic efforts, Tedros instead was politicizing the crisis and helping Xi to shirk his responsibility for a series of wrongdoings in addressing the outbreak.”
This is a narrative that was recently picked up on by Senator Marsha Blackburn as well.
It will be interesting to see how much the President pushes this narrative, as he has been somewhat complimentary of China for its handling of the virus throughout the process but he seemed to switch gears this week to embrace the idea that China was less than forthcoming with information.
As more and more cases stack up due to the fact we have significantly more testing going on, everyone is looking to place blame.
My guess is that the more attacks that are aimed at Trump, the more the White House will shift gears in going after China for its initial deception.