Taipei: Taiwan has demanded an apology from the World Health Organisation (WHO), Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. He accused Taiwan government of leading personal attacks against him and WHO’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Addressing a press conference in Geneva yesterday, Dr Tedros, spoke about the abuse – including racial slurs – he had been subjected to since the public health crisis began.
He singled out Taiwan, saying, “Three months ago, this attack came from Taiwan. They did not disassociate themselves. They even started criticising me in the middle of all that insult and slur, but I didn’t care.”
In a Facebook post, President Tsai Ing-wen invited Dr Tedros to visit Taiwan and learn from its handling of the epidemic, challenging him to “resist pressure from China”.
“We have been blocked from international organisations for many long years and we know what it feels like to be discriminated against and isolated more than anyone else,” she said.
“Our country has never encouraged the public to launch personal attacks against him or made any racially discriminatory comments,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou told reporters on Thursday.
“Our government demands an immediate clarification and an apology from director-general Tedros over such extremely irresponsible act of slander,” she further added.