'Please Don't Politicize This Virus,' WHO Head Says After Trump Threatens Funding

Apr 8, 2020

"No need to use COVID to score political points," World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Using the COVID-19 pandemic to score political points is dangerous and will only result in "many more body bags," World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Wednesday, less than a day after President Trump criticized the WHO and its relationship with China. Tedros also revealed he has received death threats in recent months.

"Please don't politicize this virus," Tedros said in a briefing in Geneva, after he was asked about Trump's remarks. He later urged political leaders to "please quarantine politicizing COVID."