A French senator wants to allow Taiwan to join the United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO). He says the Chinese regime’s influence over the agency facilitated the global outbreak.
With only 6 dead and under 400 infected, Taiwan and its 23 million people remain relatively safe from the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus.
The island put in place protective measures—without extending measures to confinement or a lockdown—back in December.
French Senator André Gattolin says Taiwan’s example should be followed.
On Dec. 31 last year, Taiwan echoed China’s whistleblower doctors and warned the WHO that there was human-to-human transmission of the virus, despite the Chinese regime saying otherwise.
But the WHO chose not to listen to Taiwan, Gattolin said.
“[The] WHO didn’t take in consideration the threat of human-to-human transmission, so many governments lost precious time,” he said.
Despite the agency having no mandatory-enforcement power over countries, many governments abide by its policies.
As the virus began to spread from China, the WHO took until Jan. 27 to issue a warning that the CCP virus presented a high risk at the “global level.”
In several public hearings, the agency often praised the CCP for what it characterized were so-called timely responses to the health crisis.
But Gattolin, who is close to French President Emmanuel Macron, said the WHO’s policies should be called into question.
“It seems to me that WHO is under the influence of the Chinese Communist Party. We know that China is a major player in WHO due to the money they invested,” he said.
Taiwan was excluded from the WHO in 2016, the same time a new president who opposed the communist regime was elected.
“We need to address the WHO’s governance issues. And we need an independent investigation to understand how the virus came out of China,” Gattolin said.
Gattolin hopes the WHO will examine Taiwan’s call for membership at the next World Health Assembly which is scheduled to take place on May 17 to 21.
He is also coordinating a Europe-wide effort from parliamentarians to urge the WHO to adopt Taiwan as the best model for containing the CCP virus.