The World Health Organization (WHO) is standing behind China’s decision to reopen the notorious wet markets, where many experts said the CCP Virus (coronavirus) originated, and the Australian prime minister has strong words for the organization.
The WHO claims the markets should be allowed to reopen, as they “are a source of livelihood and food security to many people.”
One who is standing up to both China and the WHO on the issue is Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. He has warned the WHO that they are culpable in China’s decision: “Australia and the world will be looking to organizations like the WHO to ensure lessons are learned from the devastating coronavirus outbreak,” Morrison told The Australian.
“There must be transparency in understanding how it began in Wuhan and how it was transmitted. We also need to fully understand and protect against the global health threat posed by places like wet markets,” he said.
As China’s wet markets reopen, the WHO told The Australian proper safety regulations to improve the facilities. “With adequate facilities, proper regulation and good hygiene practices it is possible to have safe food sold in wet markets,” the WHO’s Western Pacific regional headquarters said.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director of the WHO, has been strongly criticized for allowing China to underreport the impact of the virus in Wuhan.
In January Ghebreyesus arrived in China, supposedly to ascertain the facts about the virus that was spreading rapidly in Wuhan. He didn’t give any warnings to the rest of the world about the impending disaster, choosing instead to heap praise on Beijing.
This occurred at a time when people were traveling without restraint between Wuhan and Italy, and Wuhan and Iran, where consequently the toll on human life from the CCP Virus was catastrophic. Officials in those countries, because of the belief in China’s lies about the spread of the virus, delayed in crucial action that cost the lives of thousands.
Meanwhile, the WHO is supporting the deceit China is pushing onto the world. “The Chinese government is to be congratulated for all the extraordinary measures it has taken to contain the outbreak,” said Ghebreyesus after leaving China.
Labor MP Peter Khalil said it was “preposterous” to claim conditions at the markets could be made safe. “Unless they can demonstrate that the regulations, the health and safety measures, are so strict that they can completely cut off the risk factors, they’re going to have to shut them down. It’s happened with SARS. It’s happened with avian influenza. It’s happened with COVID-19. Next time it might be an even worse virus.”
“Are we really to believe the Chinese Communist Party can’t eradicate wet markets?” Liberal MP Andrew Hastie said. “They can build artificial islands in the South China Sea, in the face of international opposition. Closing the wet markets should be child’s play by comparison. It’s a question of will.”
However, the WHO said it was confident the Chinese Communist Party was able to improve the conditions in the wet markets. “The government of China banned the trade of wildlife and strengthened hygiene standards in local wet markets in February,” it said.
President Trump threatened on Tuesday, April 7, to withhold U.S. funding from the WHO, suspicious of its role in the CCP Virus spread, and it support of China.
“The WHO really blew it. For some reason, funded largely by the United States, yet very China-centric. We will be giving that a good look,” the president tweeted. “Fortunately I rejected their advice on keeping our borders open to China early on. Why did they give us such a faulty recommendation?” said the president.