WHO Refutes Claims About Taiwan Warning|譚德塞稱台未提人傳人 首份通報來自中國


World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus denied claims that Taiwan had warned the WHO about human to human transmission of COVID-19. He said there was no such warning, and the first notice the WHO received was from China.


World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus addressed the topic of Taiwan on April 20 in Geneva after having avoided it for several days. He pointed out that claims about the WHO ignoring Taiwan's warnings about COVID-19's human to human transmission at the end of 2019 are untrue. Tedros said there was no such warning, explaining that Taiwan did not mention anything about human to human transmission. He said Taiwan only requested the same thing as other countries, which was for information relevant to the situation. Moreover, the first report the WHO received was sent by China. Tedros added that all documents are available for public perusal.

Taiwan didn't report any human to human transmission. This has to be clear. The report first came from China, that's number one fact, from Wuhan itself. Second, the email from Taiwan, like other entities, was to ask for clarification, nothing else.

Tedros also addressed accusations from the United States that the WHO helped China to conceal the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic. He said the WHO sounded the alarm from the very start and there are no secrets at the agency.

WHO is open. We don't hide anything. It's open. Not only for CDC (U.S. Centers for Disease Control), them sending messages, or others - we want all countries to get the same message.

Tedros also urged world leaders to refrain from using the virus to attack each other or exploit it for political gain. He warned that doing so is like playing with fire and could result in political problems that may further fuel this pandemic.



迴避好幾天,世界衛生組織秘書長譚德塞,日內瓦時間20號,第二度面對台灣議題,譚德塞表示,外界抨擊WHO忽視台灣去年底就示警病毒會人傳人,根本沒這回事。他強調,台灣沒通報病毒會人傳人,台灣跟其他國家或地區一樣,只是要求說明疫情,而WHO收到的第一份報告,是中國發的,還強調所有文件都可以查證。

世界衛生組織秘書長 譚德塞表示:「台灣沒有通報任何人傳人(訊息),我必須要講清楚。第一份報告來自中國,那是第一份,事實是,從武漢本身來的。第二、台灣發的電郵,就跟其他實體一樣,只是要求說明,就這樣而已。」

而針對美國指責,WHO幫助中國掩蓋新冠肺炎疫情的嚴重性,譚德塞也反駁,強調一開始就有對全球,發出新冠肺炎警告,WHO內部沒有任何秘密。

世界衛生組織秘書長 譚德塞表示:「至於WHO是開放的,我們不隱藏任何事情,我們很公開,不只對CDC,他們會傳遞訊息給CDC或其他人,我們會讓所有國家都得到相同訊息。」

譚德塞也敦促各國領導人,不要利用病毒作為互相打擊、贏得政治優勢的機會,否則就像在玩火,政治問題可能進一步加劇疫情大流行。

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