Image

WATCH: Top WHO doctor pretends he can’t hear question, then ends video call after being asked about Taiwan

The assistant director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) has ended a video call with an RTHK journalist after she asked him about Taiwan’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Yvonne Tong, of Hong Kong’s RTHK News, on Friday, interviewed Bruce Aylward, a senior advisor at WHO, who was adamant not to discuss Taiwan’s status with…


The assistant director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) has ended a video call with an RTHK journalist after she asked him about Taiwan’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yvonne Tong, of Hong Kong’s RTHK News, on Friday, interviewed Bruce Aylward, a senior advisor at WHO, who was adamant not to discuss Taiwan’s status with the organization.

When asked if WHO would reconsider Taiwan’s membership, Aylward sat silently, staring at the camera for a good 10 seconds before pretending to not hear the question.

When Tong repeated the question, Aylward told her to move to another question before appearing to end the video call.

After Tong called back, Aylward again refused to discuss Taiwan saying, “Well, we’ve already talked about China. And when you look across all the different areas of China, they’ve actually all done quite a good job.

“With that, I’d like to thank you very much for inviting us to participate,” he said before ending the exchange.

Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded to the interview on Twitter saying, “Wow, can’t even utter ‘Taiwan’ in the WHO? You should set politics aside in dealing with a pandemic.

“FYI @WHO, 450+ news reports from 40+ countries so far positively covered Taiwan’s handling of COVID19. These reports do not mistake us as part of China & #TaiwanCanHelp.”

According to BBC News, “Taiwan is seen as one of the few places in the world which has successfully stemmed the spread of the coronavirus without resorting to draconian measures. But despite its efforts, it is still effectively locked out of membership in the World Health Organization (WHO) due to its complex relationship with China.”

WHO membership is only granted to countries that are members of the United Nations – which does not recognise Taiwan.

WATCH:

The Caldron Pool Show

The Caldron Pool Show: #31 – The Ezekiel Declaration
The Caldron Pool Show: #22 – Rod Lampard
The Caldron Pool Show: #42 – The War On Masculinity (With Will Spencer)
The Caldron Pool Show: #39 – Q&A (with Tom Foord)
Image

Support

If you value our work and would like to support us, you can do so by visiting our support page. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Visit our search page.

Copyright © 2023, Caldron Pool

Permissions

Everything published at Caldron Pool is protected by copyright and cannot be used and/or duplicated without prior written permission. Links and excerpts with full attribution are permitted. Published articles represent the opinions of the author and may not reflect the views of all contributors at Caldron Pool.