87% of Singaporeans do not trust the World Health Organization. This was according to an online poll conducted by Wake Up Singapore.
The poll asked “Do you trust the World Health Organization (WHO)?”
Over 1,700 people responded to the poll. By an overwhelming majority, 87% of respondents selected “NO” while 13% selected “YES”.
The WHO has been widely criticized for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. In the early days of the pandemic, the WHO regurgitated official statements released by the Chinese government, denying the existence of human-to-human transmission of the coronavirus.
When the Chinese government finally admitted it had failed to contain the outbreak, the WHO continued to heap praises on the regime’s response and transparency.
On January 28, WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom visited China and met with Chinese President Xi Jinping. After the trip, he praised China for its “commitment to transparency.” This is in contrast to the report of human rights observers who slammed China for its censorship measures that had prevented the flow of critical information concerning the outbreak.
The WHO has also been criticized for its lack of assistance rendered to Taiwan. Because of Taiwan’s complicated relationship with mainland China, it is still effectively locked out of membership in the WHO. WHO officially lists Taiwan’s coronavirus statistics together with China’s.
During an interview with Radio Television Hong Kong, Bruce Aylward, a senior WHO official appeared to hang up on a reporter when asked about Taiwan’s membership status in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The viral video showed him saying he “couldn’t hear properly”, and asking the reporter to skip to the next question. It then showed the line disconnecting after the reporter said she’d like to hear more about Taiwan.