Covid-19: WHO chief rejects Pompeo charges as 'untrue' and 'unacceptable'

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Geneva - He said politicisation was a great risk in fighting a pandemic.



By AFP

Published: Thu 23 Jul 2020, 8:06 PM

Last updated: Thu 23 Jul 2020, 10:17 PM

The World Health Organization chief on Thursday rejected as false an allegation from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that he owed his position to a deal with China.
"The comments are untrue and unacceptable and without any foundation," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference, warning against the "politicisation of the pandemic."

The WHO chief said that comments questioning his independence would not distract the organisation from its work in fighting the coronavirus.
Ghebreyesus has come under criticism, especially from US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who have accused him of being pro-China.

"The comments are untrue and unacceptable and without any foundation for that matter," he said at a virtual Geneva briefing when asked about Pompeo's comments questioning his independence.

He said politicisation was a great risk in fighting a pandemic.


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