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Wuhan Virus Watch: WHO Director Threatens Trump With ‘More Body Bags’ After POTUS Targets Agency’s Funding

Wuhan Virus Watch: WHO Director Threatens Trump With ‘More Body Bags’ After POTUS Targets Agency’s Funding

Director Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: “If you don’t want many more body bags you refrain from politicizing it – please quarantine politicizing COVID.”

I would like to start today’s post with some good news from my day job: My consulting firm is now going forward with the preparation of recommissioning businesses in anticipation of the restart of the economy.

Meanwhile, the head of the World Health Organization responded to President Donald Trump, who slammed the agency during a recent Coronavirus Task Force briefing.

“If you don’t want many more body bags you refrain from politicizing it – please quarantine politicizing COVID,” WHO Director Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in a lengthy answer when asked about Trump’s criticism of the agency. A day earlier, the U.S. president had threatened to cut off funding.

“My short message is please quarantine politicizing COVID – the unity of your country will be very important to defeat this dangerous virus. Without unity we assure you even any country that may have a better system will be in more trouble. That’s our message,” he said.

He went on to urge a global response to the virus similar to the one that combated smallpox.

“The United States and China should come together and fight this dangerous enemy, they should come together to fight it and the rest of G-20 should come together to fight it, and the rest of the world should come together and fight it,” he said.

…The United States is the single largest contributor to the WHO. The most recent invoice from the WHO to the United States, which is one of many countries that fund the organization, was for nearly $116 million per year. The United States also voluntarily gives more per year to the WHO for specific projects — contributions that totaled over $400 million in 2017, the most recent year for which figures are available.

FDA Grants Emergency Authorization for First Rapid Antibody Test for COVID-19

While the WHO is complaining about Trump targeting them after its politicized handling of the coronavirus outbreak, scientists have been working hard on developing tests and medications. There have been significant developments in an antibody test that will be critical to determine those who may have had the disease but may be unaware they were infected.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted Cellex an emergency use authorization to market a rapid antibody test for COVID-19, the first antibody test released amidst the pandemic.

“It is reasonable to believe that your product may be effective in diagnosing COVID-19,” and “there is no adequate, approved, and available alternative,” the agency said in a letter to Cellex.

A drop of serum, plasma, or whole blood is placed into a well on a small cartridge, and the results are read 15-20 minutes later; lines indicate the presence of IgM, IgG, or both antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

A promising COVID-19 treatment gets fast-tracked

The antibody test isn’t the only thing being fast-tracked.

Mindboggling.” That’s how Aaron Tobian, a pathologist and director of the Division of Transfusion Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital, describes the speed of the spread of the COVID-19 virus—and Johns Hopkins’ lightning-fast response to the pandemic.

“When it started to hit the home front and there were no treatments, everybody started saying, ‘We need to act, and we need to act now,'” says Tobian, who has a joint appointment in the Department of Epidemiology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. “And that’s when people at Hopkins started coming together and said, ‘Let’s try to do something here.'”

That “something” is one step closer to reality. Under the leadership of immunologist Arturo Casadevall, Johns Hopkins has spearheaded the use of a convalescent serum therapy, a potential COVID-19 treatment—with an old pedigree. On March 24, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration began allowing researchers to request emergency authorization for its use. Within three days hospitals in Houston and New York City started treatments, and now under a FDA “expanded access program” soon “a very large number” of U.S. hospitals will follow suit, according to Tobian.

American Companies Are Leaving China

Bad choices have consequences.

Global manufacturing consulting firm Kearney released its seventh annual Reshoring Index on Tuesday, showing what it called a “dramatic reversal” of a five-year trend as domestic U.S. manufacturing in 2019 commanded a significantly greater share versus 14 Asian exporters tracked in the study. Manufacturing imports from China were the hardest hit.

Last year saw companies actively rethinking their supply chain, either convincing their Chinese partners to relocate to southeast Asia to avoid tariffs, or by opting out of sourcing from China altogether.

Majority of Americans Support Reparations… From China

Most Americans think the Chinese government should pay reparations for failing to prevent the pandemic, according to a Harris poll published this week.

A majority of respondents—54 percent—said they agreed that China should be “required to pay other countries for the spread of the virus.” A majority of independent voters expressed support for Chinese reparations, as did 41 percent of Democrats.

The poll’s findings suggest that most Americans, and most Democrats, are not persuaded by the national media’s efforts to downplay China’s role in causing the pandemic, which in some cases has included the promotion of Chinese propaganda.

For example, 77 percent of Americans and 67 percent of Democrats said China was responsible for the spread of the coronavirus. Almost as many Americans—72 percent—said the Chinese government has not been accurately reporting information about the virus’s impact in China; 66 percent of Democrats agreed.

Box Office’s Best Case Scenario? Down 40 Percent


If theaters are closed for three months, domestic grosses may struggle to hit $7 billion, a 20-year-plus low.

By April 3, the greatest calendar migration in the 100-year-plus history of the movie business was complete as virtually all major summer tentpoles relocated amid the coronavirus pandemic in a mega-game of dominoes that has reshaped the 2020 and 2021 release slates, and beyond.

The shuffle revealed the industry’s collective hope — at least for the time being — that moviegoing will return to normal levels by mid-July, evidenced by Warner Bros. sticking to its July 17 date for Christopher Nolan’s Tenet and Disney’s announcement that Mulan, originally set for March 26, will now ride into theaters on July 24 while Warner Bros. has pushed back Wonder Woman 1984 from early June to Aug. 14.

If this scenario holds, North American box office revenue will struggle to hit $7 billion for the year, the lowest figure in more than two decades and nearly 40 percent behind 2019 ($11.4 billion), per London-based research firm Gower Street Analytics.


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In spite of Graham’s declaration that WHO funding will be cut out of the next appropriations budget and Trump’s follow up re-enforcing that, I am pretty sure WHO will get their money. Talk, talk, talk…..

Just a big joke. Like all “world” organizations, WHO exists to bilk the USA of $$$.

Defund WHO completely and tell that Marxist POS he knows where he can go and what he can do when he gets there.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to Edward. | April 9, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    We should put Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a body bag, it looks to me like he is another subversive, and anti American. That explains his promoting China’s agenda to send their infected people here. He has the expertise to have known what the outcome would be. I strongly suspect he deserves a Hellfire in the near future.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | April 9, 2020 at 10:19 am

Chi-na who?

2smartforlibs | April 9, 2020 at 10:24 am

You might want to remember who pays you bills scooter and it ain’t China.

nordic_prince | April 9, 2020 at 10:53 am

“this dangerous virus” – the one that has a 98% recovery rate….

Maybe if Tedros quit engaging in hysteria and histrionics people might pay heed. But being honest and rational about the situation won’t bring in the money now, will it? So he, along with Drs. Fauci and Birx, continue to cry wolf.

Comanche Voter | April 9, 2020 at 10:55 am

The correct response to the head of the WHO is “Take a hike chump!”

Look up his background, he’s just another Communist politico–not a doctor. Heck like John Kerry he was once a Secretary of State. Well technically he was Director of Foreign Affairs for Ethiopa–and he campaigned hard to get the job as director of WHO.

Antibody tests are already available at no charge to people in Vietnam.

So the US is way behind in a testing regime which would yield some of the most valuable data imaginable.

Avoiding profanity by sheer effort of the will.

    Barry in reply to gibbie. | April 9, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    I can give you a test that doesn’t work here and now.

      gibbie in reply to Barry. | April 9, 2020 at 2:16 pm

      My contact in Vietnam has a PhD in molecular biology from an ivy league university.

        iconotastic in reply to gibbie. | April 9, 2020 at 4:15 pm

        “ there is no adequate, approved, and available alternative,” the agency said in a letter to Cellex.”

        Vietnam clearly is unwilling or unable to navigate the FDA approval process.

        No matter how free a test is to the end users, it always costs money to prepare. And Cellex deserves to remain in business with enough profit to develop & produce the next diagnostics. If states or the federal government wish to deliver tests for free then that is an option.

          gibbie in reply to iconotastic. | April 9, 2020 at 6:20 pm

          Bizarre comments. The longer it takes for an antibody test to be widely available, the less likely that any business will be able to survive – including Cellex. I don’t think this is a race we can afford to lose.

healthguyfsu | April 9, 2020 at 11:37 am

Americans could unite against your corruption and complacency, WHO. Nice try at making it a political divide, but I hope that Americans are smarter than that. The poll answers on China being held accountable bode well for building a unified front against these charlatans.

Stop politicizing this by pointing out that we’ve politicized it! Or people will die!!!

Okay. Now I understand.

WHO, please do poke that bear, see how that works out.

He was just doing his Colonel Trautman impersonation. 😉

Connivin Caniff | April 9, 2020 at 4:17 pm

Send us barf bags instead.

Box Office’s Best Case Scenario? Down 40 Percent
I laughed and hoped it’d be closer to 90%.

So since this jackleg wants to remove politics from the equation, an equation centered upon the conduct of a supposedly neutral internationally funded organization committed to public health; maybe PDJT should offer to host a meeting between him and the nation of Taiwan?

Now let’s see how much he cares about politics. That’s how he was chosen, the PRC put it’s weight and that of it’s client states, behind him. This guy is a complete fraud.

Let’s simply agree to exchange information and analysis, best practices etc with the WHO and worry about reforming our own public health agencies; CDC, FDA etc. We can use the $100 Billion+ we would have sent to the WHO to clean out the deadwood, remove the obviously political, streamline normal approval procedures and create an emergency expediting process while recruiting some of the ‘skeptics’ of these projections to replace them.