"Having U.S. CDC staff means there is nothing hidden from the U.S., from day one," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general told a news conference.
Tedros, whose handling of the pandemic has been criticized by U.S. President Donald Trump who suspended funding last week, said that divisions between people and political parties were "fueling" the pandemic, but was not specific.
The WHO has placed orders for 30 million diagnostic tests over the next 4 months and is shipping nearly 180 million surgical masks in April and May, he said. More than 600 hospitals are now ready to enroll patients in WHO's so-called Solidarity Trial of drugs against the disease, he added.
TEDROS ADHANOM GHEBREYESUS: There is nothing hidden from the US from day one. When we get information in WHO, we get information in numbers, this many people died or this many people had-- have been infected. We don't see the figures. We don't see the numbers. We see the individuals behind the numbers. We see the individuals behind the figures. And that's why we have been urging countries, please, this virus is dangerous. This virus is public enemy number one.
This is a devil that everybody should fight. Then the solution we're proposing, we need national unity, strong national unity. Everybody fighting this virus, taking care of their citizens, taking care of real people. We need global solidarity that's cemented on genuine national unity. Without the two, without national unity and global solidarity, trust us, the worst is yet ahead of us. Let's prevent this tragedy.
It's a virus that many people still don't understand. Many countries who are very developed putting the wrong conclusions because they didn't know it and got into trouble. And we warned even developed countries, saying, this virus will even surprise developed countries. It did. We said that. It will surprise even wealthy nations. We said it. It is on record. Let us stop additional surprises. Let's stop tragedy. Hundreds of thousands is now dying. It's serious. Even one life is precious. Let's say, enough is enough.