ADDIS ABEBA – The African Union (AU) has said that it fully supports the World Health Organization and its leader Dr. Tedros Adhanom after attacks by the US President Donald Trump.
AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat tweeted that he was “surprised by the US campaign against WHO’s global leadership”.
He said that the AU “fully backs WHO and Dr Tedros”.
Right now, “the focus should remain on collectively fighting Covid19 as a united global community. The time for accountability will come,” the AUC chairperson said.
Dr. Tedros, a former health minister of Ethiopia, is the first African to head the WHO.
Trump, who constantly failed to heed the advice of his own officials to take measures against the virus months ago, tweeted on Tuesday that the WHO was “very China-centric” yet it is “largely” funded by the US.
He later suggested in a press conference that the US should “put a hold on money” to the global organization.
On a day WHO declared the virus Pandemic and coronavirus to be a “public-health emergency of international concern”, Trump was boasting that the U.S. has the virus “very well under control”.
“We have very little problem in this country at this moment — five. And those people are all recuperating successfully,” he said on Jan 30.
Currently, there are over 400,000 cases of coronavirus in the US, with about 14, 000 deaths, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.