April 29, 2020 / 4:03 PM / a month ago

WHO says it acted "quickly and decisively" on new coronavirus

GENEVA, April 29 (Reuters) - The chief of the World Health Organization (WHO) defended the body’s record in its response to the new coronavirus in a news briefing on Wednesday.

“From the beginning, the WHO has acted quickly and decisively to respond to warn the world,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said after giving a timeline of what the body knew in the lead-up to declaring COVID-19 a global emergency on Jan. 30.

“We sounded the alarm early and we sounded it often,” he said, adding: “WHO is committed to transparency and accountability.” (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay and Emma Farge; Editing by Michael Shields)

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