At first, Dr. Aylward, who led a W.H.O team to China in February, stated he had not heard the query over the video name. However when pushed once more, he requested that Ms. Tong transfer on to a brand new query. When she tried once more, the video was disconnected. RTHK then referred to as again and requested about Taiwan’s efficiency in containing the virus.
“We’ve already talked about China, and you already know, once you look throughout all of the totally different areas of China, they’ve truly all completed fairly a superb job,” Dr. Aylward responded.
Joseph Wu, Taiwan’s international minister, criticized Dr. Aylward’s feedback. “Wow, can’t even utter ‘Taiwan’ within the W.H.O.?” Mr. Wu wrote on Twitter. “You need to set politics apart in coping with a pandemic.”
Taiwan has been extensively credited for holding the unfold of the coronavirus inside its borders, regardless of its proximity to mainland China and the massive quantity of people that usually journey throughout the Taiwan Strait. Taiwan has recorded 283 confirmed coronavirus circumstances and simply two deaths.
Taiwan final week accused the W.H.O. of not passing alongside a warning it sent in December, which cautioned governments concerning the outbreak in Wuhan, town in China the place the coronavirus emerged final 12 months.
Reporting and analysis have been contributed by Neil MacFarquhar, Alan Blinder, Michael D. Shear, Jesse McKinley, Abby Goodnough, Sheila Kaplan, Sheri Fink, Katie Thomas, Noah Weiland, Ali Watkins, Maria Abi-Habib, Austin Ramzy, Tess Felder, Yonette Joseph, Raphael Minder and Iliana Magra.