WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus singled out President Donald Trump, with whom he said he spoke on Tuesday, for “doing a great job” by leveraging public and private sector resources to combat pandemic.
Tedros said Trump is expanding tests and implementing other WHO recommendations. “He takes this seriously and that’s what we see,” said Tedros.
WHO officials said they met on Wednesday with director of centers for disease control and prevention, Robert Redfield, and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Dr. Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the WHO emergency program, said he was “very impressed with the work their institutions and other institutions are doing.”
Ryan said WHO has worked closely with the National Institutes of Health, which has accelerated work with biotechnology company Moderna to develop a vaccine to prevent COVID-19. They started their first human trials on a potential vaccine last week.
“We rely heavily on scientific innovation and public health prowess in the United States and very much appreciate the way Dr. Fauci solved the problem yesterday when he spoke about the data,” he said. . “And he talked about going to the state and county level and solving the problem and solving the problems. ”
The United States has the third largest number of confirmed cases in the world, behind Italy and China, according to data compiled by John Hopkins University. More than half of the cases in the United States are in New York State, where local officials have tested more than 103,000 people and spent $ 1 billion to fight the pandemic.
Trump has imposed travel bans across much of Europe and Asia. Trump’s coronavirus task force advises anyone traveling through New York to isolate themselves for two weeks and watch their symptoms if they leave the area.