WHO says it acted ‘quickly and decisively’ on new coronavirus

FILE PHOTO: A logo is pictured on the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) ahead of a meeting of the Emergency Committee on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Geneva, Switzerland, January 30, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/

GENEVA (Reuters) – The chief of the World Health Organization (WHO) defended the body’s record in its response to the new coronavirus in a news briefing on Wednesday.

“From the beginning, the WHO has acted quickly and decisively to respond to warn the world,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said after giving a timeline of what the body knew in the lead-up to declaring COVID-19 a global emergency on Jan. 30.

“We sounded the alarm early and we sounded it often,” he said, adding: “WHO is committed to transparency and accountability.”

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay and Emma Farge; Editing by Michael Shields

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