The World Health Organization’s cozy relationship with China allowed the country to influence the investigation into the lab leak theory and hampered the initial response allowing SARS-CoV-2 to become a global pandemic.
The Communist government in China is determined to control everything from the behavior of citizens to international bodies like the World Health Organization.
A new report by the Sunday Times provides evidence of the things that many people have thought were true.
The article titled, “China, the WHO and the power grab that fuelled a pandemic” shows how China had exerted influence over the World Health Organization for ten years before the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 and that seizing of control tilted the way that the global public health body handled the emergence of the novel coronavirus.
The aggressive influence campaign that China waged has put into question the independence of the specialized health agency under the banner of the United Nations.
The article begins by saying that back in 2003, after the World Health Organization “heavily criticized” the Chinese government’s response to the SARS pandemic, the CCP was determined to not be humiliated like that ever again.
The Sunday Times lays out the CCP’s moves to seize control of the WHO in a series of bullet points.
A “senior source” working at the WHO told the Sunday Times that in 2005, the CCP made their first big move, “Beijing was behind a group of countries that attempted to ‘limit’ the authority of its director-general.”
The article explains, “Their efforts led to new regulations for the WHO’s governance, which compel the director-general to consult an emergency committee — made up of international experts and often including a China representative — before he or she calls an international public health emergency or recommends travel restrictions.” (Emphasis added)
The second push to exert influence was to throw their support backing Margaret Chan, a Chinese national, to become the Director-General of the WHO after Korean doctor Lee Jong-wook, the successor to outgoing Director-General, Gro Harlem Brundtland, died suddenly after undergoing brain surgery.
The CCP then enticed countries to support Chan, “China pledged to cancel large amounts of their debts and double aid donations to the continent in a move that was openly acknowledged by state-backed analysts in the country as designed to secure backing for Chan.”
After Chan ascended to her new position, she made several appointments that were “pleasing” to the CCP. China Central Television’s James Chau was brought in as a “goodwill ambassador” but was removed in 2020 during the pandemic after more than 100 UN-affiliated associations wrote to the WHO and complained that he was a “well-known Chinese propagandist.”
In 2017, Chan invited Xi Jinping to Geneva and signed a deal committing the WHO to work alongside China on health as part of the country’s Belt and Road initiative. This would put pressure on 70 developing nations by making them dependant on Chinese investment in infrastructure projects.
Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, had made close ties to China and was backed by the CCP as the successor to Chan.
China opened up its wallet again. It pledged to work closely with African countries including agreeing to offer a cataract surgery programme for free in the region.
“Then, nine days before polling, Xi hosted an event in Beijing at which he pledged more than $100 billion in extra funding for its Belt and Road initiative — a large portion of which would be channelled into investment in developing countries. This included new investment in Kenya, Indonesia and Hungary,” reports the Times.
Tedros became the new WHO Director-General.
In July 2018, he described China’s health reforms as “a model for universal health coverage” and “a bulwark against health emergencies.”
A”pneumonia-like illness” hit the city of Wuhan in late 2019. Dr. Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist at Wuhan Central Hospital, sent a letter urging colleagues to wear protective clothing because he believed that the new illness was spreading from human to human.
The Times says China “systematically tried to cover up the human spread by issuing diktats, suppressing whistleblowers and scrubbing social media.” On January 3, a confidential order was issued “forbidding labs to publish details of the virus without authorisation.” When #WuhanSARS was trending on Twitter on January 6, it was quickly suppressed.
The CCP prevented publishing work that was done to sequence the coronavirus’s genome which “delayed international scientists from developing tests for the virus.”
On January 10, the WHO agreed with China’s talking point that there was no human-to-human transmission of the coronavirus and insisted that travel and trade restrictions on China were not necessary.
It wasn’t until January 19 that the WHO admitted that human-to-human transmission was possible, but toned it down by saying that it was “limited.”
On January 28, Tedros said Chinese President Xi Jinping had shown “rare leadership” and deserved “gratitude and respect” for acting to contain the outbreak at the epicentre. Tedros even praised China for being “completely committed to transparency” by releasing the genome sequence — which was actually done by a lab in Shanghai that was shut down by the CCP shortly thereafter as punishment.
At this point, social media was filled with videos of people being bolted into their homes, dragged into vans by security forces wearing HAZMAT suits and large teams walking through the eerily empty streets and spraying disinfectant.
Clearly, something was not right.
And then there was the whole thing about not calling it the “Wuhan Virus” which is a departure from how we’ve referred to a novel outbreak of illness in the past.
But wait! There’s more…
More recently, we can reveal, a backroom deal negotiated between the WHO and China has seriously damaged the chances of the world getting to the bottom of one of the most important questions facing mankind today: the origin of the Covid-19 pandemic.
When the world’s nations gave Tedros the job of discovering how the virus first came to infect humans, his team struck an agreement in secret with China that emasculated the inquiry.
It meant that the WHO’s ‘independent’ mission — its fact-finding team travelled to Wuhan early this year to carry out an investigation — was, in the words of one expert, little more than a ‘shameful charade’. There may well be no second chance.”
Source: The Sunday Times (Emphasis Added)
Professor Richard Ebright, of Rutgers University’s Waksman Institute of Microbiology in New Jersey, and a fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America, said, “There was no scientific or medical or policy justification for the stance that the WHO took in January and February 2020. That was entirely premised on maintaining satisfactory ties to the Chinese government.”
Professor Ebright blasted the WHO’s handling of the pandemic and kowtowing to China.
“So at every step of the way, the WHO promoted the position that was sought by the Chinese government — the WHO actively resisted and obstructed efforts by other nations to implement effective border controls that could have limited the spread or even contained the spread of the outbreak,” he said.
“It is impossible for me to believe that the officials in Geneva, who were making those statements, believed those statements accorded with the facts that were available to them at the time the statements were made,” said Prof. Ebright.
He added, “It’s hard not to see that the direct origin of that is the support of the Chinese government for Tedros’s election as director-general. This was a remarkably high return on China’s investment with the relatively small sums that were invested in supporting his election. It paid off on a grand scale for the Chinese government.”
Professor Ebright said that the CCP did work quickly to control the virus in China, “Ironically, China’s success in curbing the spread and containing the spread by implementing appropriate border controls, tells us that, had this been done globally, in January, this outbreak could have been potentially contained.”
Yeah… maybe not. It’s pretty clear that there are very few Western democracies willing to implement the exceptionally harsh lockdowns that China did within their borders, and they’ve lied about everything else, it seems obvious that they’re lying about their coronavirus numbers as well.
The question is, is this enough for the West to wake up?
Here is Conservative peer, Lord Ridley reminding talkRADIO host Julia Hartley-Brewer that people who raised the question of the leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology were vilified and called “nutters” while China is now pushing a lab leak COVID origin theory, but from a lab in… North Carolina.