WHO Denies Report of Delayed COVID-19 Alert
NewsBytes
May 11, 2020

A German news outlet, Der Spiegel’s report has claimed that China had urged WHO to delay issuing a global warning on the outbreak.

A German news outlet, Der Spiegel, has created a report about the WHO and China related to the COVID-19 outbreak. The report claimed that China had urged WHO to delay issuing a global warning on the outbreak. Apparently the report says, Chinese President Xi Jinping,  had a telephonic conversation with the WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on January 21. During the telephonic conversation, the Chinese President urged the WHO chief not to tell the world about human-to-human transmission of the coronavirus and to delay a pandemic warning. 

The report was based on information collected by the German Intelligence Service, called the 'Bundesnachrichtendienst' (BND). In a Tweet, the WHO denied that the Chinese President and Dr. Tedros spoke over the phone on January 21 or any other day. It said this was "unfounded and untrue" and that such "inaccurate" reports work to distract and detract global efforts to fight COVID-19.

The WHO said that China confirmed human-to-human transmission on January 20, a day before the alleged phone call. And they said issued a warning on 22nd January. Countries like the USA and other countries, have constantly accused the WHO of working with China to cover up information about COVID-19.