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Someday the truth will catch up with you Dr Tedros

Today, the world completes one-year of the existence of the novel coronavirus. News of its existence coming to light on Dec 31st, 2019.

The novel coronavirus has infected over 83 million people around the world. It has snuffed out 1.8 million lives. It has not stopped wreaking havoc in the lives of millions around the world.

Reportedly, 58 million patients who were infected with coronavirus have recovered globally.

India witnessed over 10.2 million infections of coronavirus, with a death toll of over 148,000 patients. However, what is encouraging is that over 9.8 million patients in India have recovered from the coronavirus infection.

I am not a scientist to firmly state that the spread of novel coronavirus could have been mitigated with proper measures by different countries but I do believe that I am someone with common sense and logic and therefore I firmly, and unflinchingly believe that the World Health Organisation (WHO) failed in its primary responsibility to detect and prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The failure to detect and prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus has been the sole responsibility of Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. He failed as the Director-General of the WHO. He was and is more interested in the cure of the health crisis rather than the prevention.

I have said it before and will say it again Dr Tedros is nothing but a puppet of China and the novel coronavirus that led to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic is a virus that has emerged from China. It is, to my best logical reasoning a bio-weapon unleased by China on the rest of the world.

Dr Tedros is a politician. He was a politician before and he will aways be a politician. 

He believes in political alliance to spearhead his personal agenda. He has found that political alliance in China. 

China backed him to his position as the Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Let’s take a look at the behaviour and statement of Dr Tedros and the WHO, when nations wanted to restrict travel to and from China at the onset of the coronavirus when the WHO has declared the novel coronavirus as a PHEIC.  Dr Tedros had stated that the vast majority of cases outside China have a travel history to Wuhan, or contact with someone with a travel history to Wuhan. Yet he chose to chastise nations who opted for travel restriction to and from China. Dr Tedros stated, “If anyone is thinking about taking measures, it’s going to be wrong. And WHO doesn’t recommend, and actually opposes, any restrictions for travel and trade or other measures against China.”

Even on the lockdown, the WHO was flip-flopping on the issue with no clear strategy or advice to nations. Infact, the WHO even altered its COVID-19 timelines:

In its COVID-19 Timeline published on April 27, 2020, WHO stated the following:

31 Dec 2019

Wuhan Municipal Health Commission, China, reported a cluster of cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, Hubei Province. A novel coronavirus was eventually identified.

1 January 2020

WHO had set up the IMST (Incident Management Support Team) across the three levels of the organization: headquarters, regional headquarters, and country-level, putting the organization on an emergency footing for dealing with the outbreak.

4  January 2020

WHO reported on social media that there was a cluster of pneumonia cases – with no deaths – in Wuhan, Hubei province. 

5 January 2020

WHO published our first Disease Outbreak News on the new virus. This is a flagship technical publication to the scientific and public health community as well as global media. It contained a risk assessment and advice, and reported on what China had told the organization about the status of patients and the public health response on the cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan.

In its COVID-19 Timeline published on June 30, 2020, WHO altered the data and stated the following:

31 Dec 2019

WHO’s Country Office in the People’s Republic of China picked up a media statement by the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission from their website on cases of ‘viral pneumonia’ in Wuhan, People’s Republic of China.

The Country Office notified the International Health Regulations (IHR) focal point in the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office about the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission media statement of the cases and provided a translation of it.

WHO’s Epidemic Intelligence from Open Sources (EIOS) platform also picked up a media report on ProMED (a programme of the International Society for Infectious Diseases) about the same cluster of cases of “pneumonia of unknown cause” in Wuhan.

Several health authorities from around the world contacted WHO seeking additional information.

1 January 2020

WHO requested information on the reported cluster of atypical pneumonia cases in Wuhan from the Chinese authorities.

WHO activated its Incident Management Support Team (IMST), as part of its emergency response framework, which ensures coordination of activities and response across the three levels of WHO (Headquarters, Regional, Country) for public health emergencies.

2 January 2020

The WHO Representative in China wrote to the National Health Commission, offering WHO support and repeating the request for further information on the cluster of cases.

WHO informed Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) partners about the cluster of pneumonia cases in the People’s Republic of China. GOARN partners include major public health agencies, laboratories, sister UN agencies, international organizations and NGOs.

3 January 2020

Chinese officials provided information to WHO on the cluster of cases of ‘viral pneumonia of unknown cause’ identified in Wuhan. 

4  January 2020

WHO tweeted that there was a cluster of pneumonia cases – with no deaths – in Wuhan, Hubei province, People’s Republic of China, and that investigations to identify the cause were underway.  

5 January 2020

WHO shared detailed information about a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause through the IHR (2005) Event Information System, which is accessible to all Member States. The event notice provided information on the cases and advised Member States to take precautions to reduce the risk of acute respiratory infections.  

WHO also issued its first Disease Outbreak News report. This is a public, web-based platform for the publication of technical information addressed to the scientific and public health communities, as well as global media. The report contained information about the number of cases and their clinical status; details about the Wuhan national authority’s response measures; and WHO’s risk assessment and advice on public health measures. It advised that “WHO’s recommendations on public health measures and surveillance of influenza and severe acute respiratory infections still apply”.

Shockingly even today with a new strain of coronavirus spreading in certain parts of the world, WHO has no clear strategy to detect and prevent this spread of the pandemic.

I want to ask the Director General of the WHO to reminisce over the last year and answer me one question – Who will answer for the death of a loved one?

Dr Tedros who will answer for the death of a loved one.

In all the diplomatic parlance, politics of cover-up, waiting for a vaccine and pleading for funds for the WHO, when will you tell the people of the world, who should be held accountable for the death of a loved one.

Nobody deserved to die. Nobody expected a death due to COVID-19. The WHO could have saved lives but it failed. The reason for its failure can only be speculated at this time but it needs to be investigated.

The people of the world must relentlessly pursue the truth behind the coronavirus. Otherwise the truth will be buried with the memories of our loved ones and the people responsible will go unpunished.

My prayers to all the families around the world who have lost their loved ones. Stay strong because the one you love one watches over you along with angels in heaven.

Dr Tedros when will you show solidarity with the people who have lost their lives instead of just using the word repeatedly in your press conferences and social media posts.

Dr Tedros when you tweet about love and hope and honesty, you laugh at the families of the people who have died due to the coronavirus, because you have neither shown love; nor given these families a hope of knowing the truth about the origin of virus and you have not been honest about the true nature of the coronavirus before it spread throughout the world. You could have saved lives.

Dr Tedros someone needs to answer to the people who lost their loved ones. Do you have the courage to answer. I doubt!”

The novel coronavirus has altered our way of life. It has been a year of pain and suffering for many around the world. And the sufferings will continue in Year 2021.

COVID-19 could have been prevented but I am slowly coming to the conclusion that an organisation like WHO is not there to detect a pandemic but instead there to create fear and to propagate use of vaccines to benefit their partners in pharmaceutical businesses and nations that support them.

Someday the truth will catch up with you Dr. Tedros.


Savio Rodrigues

Savio Rodrigues Founder & Editor-in-Chief GoaChronicle.com
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