Speaking in Hindi during his pre-recorded video statement at the 75th Annual UN General Assembly, India’s Prime Minister Modi threw shade at the United Nations for their handling of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
“Over the last 8-9 months, the world has been battling the coronavirus pandemic. Where is the UN in this joint fight against the pandemic?” the Indian PM asked.
The question follows a series of missteps by the United Nations, such as when the UN’s World Health Organization stated there is no human-to-human transmission in January, as well as the WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’s praise of China’s “transparency” with regard to the virus, despite reports that eight doctors had been punished for speaking publicly on the crisis.
Of course, Prime Minister Modi isn’t the first to question the WHO’s efficacy during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the U.S. President Donald Trump having announced the United States’ withdrawal from the UN in May this year.
At the time, Trump stated that the WHO was too “China-centric.” On May 29, Trump announced he would leave the World Health Organization, as he alleged the WHO was under the “total control” of China.