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COVID-19: WHO’s Tedros Ghebreyesus addresses death threats, racist insults

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday, April 8 revealed that he has been receiving death threats over his efforts in fighting COVID-19.

While addressing journalists through a conference call from WHO headquarters in Geneva, Tedros said he has also been receiving racist insults for the past three months.

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Speaking on the issue publicly for the first time, a seemingly angry Tedros told off critics saying that he “doesn’t give a damn even to death threats”.

“I can tell you personal attacks that have been going on for more than two, three months. Abuses, or racist comments, giving me names, black or Negro. I’m proud of being black, proud of being Negro…I don’t care, to be honest … even death threats. I don’t give a damn,” he said.

When asked where the insults came from, Tedros confidently revealed the attacks originated from Taiwan.

“Three months ago, this attack came from Taiwan. We need to be honest. I will be straight today. From Taiwan. And Taiwan, the Foreign Ministry also, they know the campaign. They didn’t disassociate themselves. They even started criticizing me in the middle of all that insult and slur, but I didn’t care,” he said.

Tedros also asked world leaders to stop politicizing the pandemic, adding that its important for them to put aside their differences and champion the fight against the deadly virus.

“Please quarantine COVID politics. That’s what we want. We don’t care about personal attacks. We care about the life passing every single minute unnecessarily because we couldn’t unite to fight this virus,” he asserted. 

On Tuesday, April 7, President Donald Trump accused WHO of being ‘China centric’ despite being largely funded by the United States.

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Trump has consistently maintained WHO should have been stricter with China in regard to the novel coronavirus which originated from the country.


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