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WHO Official Joins Liberal Media in Denouncing Use of Term 'Chinese Virus'

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Posted: Mar 19, 2020 4:45 PM
WHO Official Joins Liberal Media in Denouncing Use of Term 'Chinese Virus'

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An official for the World Health Organization joined liberals in decrying President Trump’s use of the term “Chinese virus” to refer to COVID-19, saying “there is no blame in this”—except that there is.

“Viruses know no borders and they don’t care about your ethnicity, the color of your skin or how much money you have in the bank,” said Mike Ryan, the executive director of WHO’s Emergencies Program. 

He said using the term could lead to racial profiling.

“This is a time for solidarity, this is a time for facts, this is a time to move forward together, to fight this virus together. There is no blame in this,” he said. “All we need now is to identify the things we need to do to move forward quickly, with speed and to avoid any indication of ethnic or other associations with this virus.”

President Trump has insisted it’s not “racist” to call it the Chinese virus because that’s where it came from. 

“I didn’t appreciate the fact that China was saying that our military gave it to them,” Trump said. “I think saying that our military gave it to them creates a stigma.”

The liberal media only recently decided calling it the Chinese virus and Wuhan coronavirus was racist, despite previously using these terms themselves.