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WHO chief defends praise for response

By CHEN WEIHUA in Brussels | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2020-02-14 00:00

Leaders of the World Health Organization have applauded China's massive response to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus multiple times in recent weeks, and they have also been challenged by some skeptical reporters as to why they kept praising China.

When a Euronews reporter again raised the question at a news conference on Wednesday evening, asking if it was the Chinese government that asked the WHO for praise in order to save face, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus became emotional.

He told reporters that when the WHO board met recently, almost all member states praised China and said they did so because of the massive action at the epicenter of the outbreak. China shut down Wuhan, helping to prevent the virus from being exported to other places in China and the rest of the world.

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