China supports WHO-led review of global pandemic response

first_imgHua stressed that any inquiry should be based on the International Health Regulations, and be authorized by the World Health Assembly or Executive Committee — the WHO’s dual governing bodies.WHO epidemiologist Dr Maria van Kerkhove said Wednesday the agency is in talks with China to send a mission to investigate the animal source of the virus. Both US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have heavily criticized China’s alleged lack of transparency, and have repeatedly pushed the theory that the virus emerged from a Wuhan maximum-security virology lab.The claim has become a key point of contention between China and the US, with Beijing accusing US Republican politicians of shifting the blame as an electioneering strategy. Most scientists believe the virus originated in animals before it was passed on to humans.Numerous countries including France, Germany and Britain have also urged greater transparency from China over its handling of the virus.China has strenuously denied accusations it concealed information relating to the initial outbreak, insisting it has always shared information with the WHO and other countries in a timely manner. China said Friday it supports a World Health Organization-led review into the global response to the coronavirus outbreak, but only “after the pandemic is over”.The comments from foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying came as China faces increasing global pressure to allow an international investigation into the origins of the pandemic.The review should be conducted in an “open, transparent and inclusive manner” under the leadership of WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Hua said at a press briefing. Topics :center_img She added that it should be at an “appropriate time after the pandemic is over”.But Hua did not say the review should probe the origins of the virus, despite growing calls led by the US and Australia for an international inquiry into the issue, which has become a key flashpoint in deteriorating tensions between Washington and Beijing.Instead, the review should “summarize the experience and deficiencies of the international response to the pandemic, strengthen the WHO’s work, enhance the construction of countries’ core public health capabilities, and provide suggestions to improve global preparedness against major infectious diseases,” said Hua.She said China would cooperate with WHO efforts to trace the origin, but rejected US calls for an investigation, accusing it of “politicizing the issue”.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Offers Support for Puerto Rico, Thanks City of Philadelphia for Coordinating Relief Efforts

first_img National Issues,  Press Release,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, Pa. – Governor Wolf expressed his support for the people of Puerto Rico today as they begin work to assess damage and recover from the devastating effects of both Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.“Pennsylvania is proud to be home to more than 500,000 people of Puerto Rican ancestry; Philadelphia alone is home to more than 120,000 who hail from Puerto Rico, many of them with family members on the now-devastated island,” Governor Wolf said. “Our hearts go out to those affected here and in Puerto Rico. We offer our support to our fellow citizens during this extraordinary time. Puerto Ricans have fought and died for our country and now we owe our best to them as they fight to recover. ”Gov. Wolf also thanked the City of Philadelphia, Mayor Kenney, Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez, State representatives Angel Cruz and Emilio Vasquez, and former Philadelphia City Councilman Angel Ortiz for their public effort to garner support and a coordinated relief effort for Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans living in Philadelphia at a press conference being held later today.“I’d also like to thank the members of my Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs; its members are engaged and involved in relief efforts amid concern for family members living on the island.”Five members of PA Task Force 1 are currently in San Juan, Puerto Rico, including a member of the Philadelphia Fire Department. These task force members are assessing damage and offering their expertise as part of FEMA operations. September 21, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Offers Support for Puerto Rico, Thanks City of Philadelphia for Coordinating Relief Effortslast_img read more