The U.S. calls on the World Health Organization (WHO) to immediately begin preparations for an independent investigation into its response to the Coronavirus pandemic, Associated Press reports.
“This report will provide us with a full and transparent understanding of the developments and decision-making process at WHO in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Admiral Brett Giroire, Assistant Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services, in a letter to WHO.
The letter urges the organization to begin preparations for the investigation, including developing guidelines for the investigation.
“According to President Trump’s May 18 letter to the WHO Director, it is not possible to postpone the start of necessary reforms so that such a pandemic will never happen again,” Giroiruard added.
A meeting of the WHO assembly this autumn was named by Giroire as a possible date the U.S. is counting on.
Earlier, Trump published a letter to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhan Gebrejesus warning that unless the organization commits to “significant improvements” in its work in the next 30 days, the U.S. decision to temporarily freeze WHO funding will become permanent. The U.S. president also threatened that he would reconsider U.S. membership in the organization.
In his letter, the president made several accusations that WHO had missed or ignored various warning signs of coronavirus and criticized its position on China.
According to him, the only way for WHO to restore confidence is to demonstrate “its independence from China.