Petition calling for WHO head’s resignation nears million signatures

A petition demanding the resignation of the World Health Organization (WHO) director-general accusing Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of kowtowing to China and mishandling the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic response is closing in on a million signatures.

Toronto hair stylist Osuka Yip started a petition titled “Call for the resignation of Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director General” on on Jan 31, citing Adhanom’s refusal on Jan 23 to designate the COVID-19, referred to at the time as the Wuhan coronavirus (2019-nCoV), a global health emergency[1]

“A lot of us are really disappointed, we believe WHO is supposed to be politically neutral,” the petition reads. “Without any investigation, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus solely believes in the death and infected numbers that the Chinese government provided with them.”

“On the other hand, Taiwan should not be excluded from WHO for any political reasons,” Yip writes on the petition. “Their technologies are far more advanced than some of the countries on the “selected WHO list”.

The World Health Organization initially declared that there was “no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission” citing “investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities.”

It later emerged that China’s communist government tried to hide the truth about the coronavirus with Chinese scientists going as far to destroy proof of the virus in December[2]
Dr. Tedros, as the WHO director-general likes to call himself, has dismissed his critics labelling them “racist”.

Dr. Tedros was first the health minister, and then the foreign minister, of Ethopia’s Tigray People’s Liberation Front regime that has been accused of genocide and ethnic cleansing targeting ethnic minorities like Amhara and Oromo peoples[3]

Once, when Human Rights Watch presented a report documenting egregious human rights violations during of Ethiopian government’s brutal crackdown of opposition protests, Dr. Tedros reacted angrily, accusing the respected human rights organization of “encouraging opposition violence in Ethiopia.”[4]

Dr. Tedros is also accused of covering up Ethiopia’s Cholera epidemic during his time as the African country’s health minister[5] by refusing to refer to the disease by its name and instead calling it “acute watery diarrhea” (AWD).

Dr. Tedros was so disliked by international pro-democracy activists that protestors even disrupted the world health assembly where Dr. Tedros was elected with China’s backing and #NoTedros4WHO started trending on Twitter.

The World Health Organization finally declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11, 2020, after the coronavirus infected 126,000 people in 124 countries causing 4,600 deaths.

COVID-19 has infected over two million people worldwide and claimed nearly 150,000 lives.

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