Thursday, February 13, 2020
Coronavirus: WHO head stands by his praise for China and Xi Jinping on response to outbreak | South China Morning Post
The head of the World Health Organisation defended his earlier praise of China’s response to the deadly coronavirus epidemic on Wednesday, questioning critics who disputed President Xi Jinping’s leadership.
At the agency’s daily briefing on the coronavirus – now named Covid-19 – Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO director general, said that Xi had shown the kind of “political commitment” and “political leadership” expected of countries facing a public health crisis.
Tedros made his remarks even while confirming that the Chinese government still has not approved the exact make-up of an advance team WHO wants to dispatch to China to investigate the virus.