WHO bows to calls from countries for independent virus probe
In this Sunday, March 8, 2020, photo released by Xinhua News Agency, workers in protective suits clean up a makeshift hospital which converted from a sports venue after it officially closed in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. The province at the center of China's virus outbreak is allowing factories and some other businesses to reopen in a new sign Beijing believes the disease that devastated its economy is being brought under control. (Xiao Yijiu/Xinhua via AP)
The Associated Press
Posted at 11:10 PM, May 18, 2020
and last updated2020-05-18 23:10:54-04
The World Health Organization has bowed to calls from most of its member states to launch an independent evaluation of how it managed the international response to the coronavirus.
WHO's reaction to the crisis has been clouded by finger-pointing between the U.S. and China over a pandemic that has killed over 300,000 people and leveled the global economy. WHO’s normally bureaucratic meeting this week has been overshadowed by mutual recriminations and political sniping between the U.S. and China.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked WHO, claiming that it helped China conceal the extent of the coronavirus pandemic in its early stages.
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