Taiwan seeks apology from WHO chief for ‘slander’

Taipei, April 9

Taiwan demanded an apology Thursday from the World Health Organisation chief after he accused the island’s government of leading personal attacks against him and his agency’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called Wednesday for unity to fight the disease after US President Donald Trump criticised the global health body and threatened to cut its funding.

During a press conference Tedros spoke of the abuse, including racial slurs, he had been subjected to since the public health crisis began. He largely avoided mentioning Trump by name but did single out the government in Taipei, which has been frozen out of the WHO after political pressure from Beijing. —AFP

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