World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus pleaded Thursday for international unity to fight the pandemic devastating the world in the wake of President Trump’s announced intention to quit the organization.
With tears in his eyes, Tedros said the true enemy was not the virus itself but “the lack of leadership and solidarity at the global level and national levels.”
“How difficult is it for humans to unite to fight a common enemy that’s killing people indiscriminately?” he asked at a briefing in Geneva. “Can’t we understand that the divisions or the cracks between us actually are to the advantage of the virus?”
Tedros said that in most of the world, “the virus is not under control; it’s getting worse.” He pointed out the health systems of some of the world’s wealthiest countries have been upended, whereas some nations of more modest means have had success at slowing the spread of the virus.