WATCH | WHO’s Dr. Tedros says he’s getting death threats: Taiwan calls accusations “baseless”

Taiwan condemns claims by WHO chief Tedros Ghebreyesus – voted into his job with the support of Taiwan’s enemy China – that it condoned racist attacks against him

  • Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, 55, leads the global coronavirus pandemic response
  • He accused Taiwan’s foreign ministry of being linked to a campaign against him
  • Dr Tedros has close links to China, known for its rocky relationship with Taiwan 
  • Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu tweeted that ‘This claim is baseless’
The Taiwan foreign ministry expressed ‘strong dissatisfaction and a high degree of regret’ at his remarks.

The director-general of the World Health Organization Dr. Tedros Adhanom leveled accusations against the Taiwanese government at a recent press conference, saying he had received death threats from the country, and possibly the government.


Dr Tedros has faced criticism over his handling of the pandemic, in particular for heaping praise on China’s communist party for its response.

He said ‘commitment to transparency’ and the speed with which it detected the virus was ‘beyond words’.

His comments led to allegations, notable among Donald Trump, that the WHO is ‘China-centric’.

Trump alleged the WHO had ‘criticized’ his ban of travel from China as the COVID-19 outbreak spreading from the city of Wuhan.

Dr Tedros decried his criticism and threats of funding cut threats over the WHO’s response to the outbreak.
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