“Worst is Yet Ahead,” WHO Head Says

President Trump is redirecting WHO funding.

The head of the World Health Organization, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyyes, told reporters in Geneva on Monday that “the worst is yet ahead of us,” but he did not specify in what ways the crisis could worsen.

His warning came after the U.S. and some European countries began the process of slowly reopening and emerging from various lockdowns, stay-at-home orders, and social distancing restrictions that were put in place to stop the spread of COVID-19.

“It has a very dangerous combination, and this is happening… like the 1918 flu that killed up to 100 million people,” the WHO chief said. He went on to say that because of the technological advances since then, “we can prevent that disaster. We can prevent that kind of crisis.”

“Trust us,” he concluded. “The worst is yet ahead of us. Let’s prevent this tragedy. It’s a virus that many people still don’t understand.”

President Trump has blamed the WHO for not giving out information about the virus in a timely way. Last week, the president announced that the U.S. would pause payments to WHO pending a review of their organization.  The U.S. voluntarily gives between $100 million and $400 million annually to the organization for various projects. The Office of Management and Budget is working on other options for the use of those funds and may redirect them to organizations that do similar work, such as the Red Cross and Samaritans’ Purse.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For President Trump, his advisers and aides and members of the Office of Management and Budget as they look to the possibility of redirecting funds that would go to the World Health Organization.
  • For those who are investigating WHO and their complicity with China in withholding information that could have stalled or prevented the spread of the disease.
  • For front-line workers attending to the sick and vulnerable among America’s population.

Sources: Washington Post, Washington Examiner, Wall Street Journal


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