AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s distortions on WHO and lockdowns | Govt-and-politics


“We in the World Health Organization do not advocate lockdowns as the primary means of control of this virus,” Nabarro said. He added that lockdowns can only be justified “to buy you time to reorganize, regroup, rebalance your resources, protect your health workers who are exhausted. But by and large, we’d rather not do it.”

Since declaring the coronavirus a pandemic in March, WHO has said that if countries decide to go into lockdown, it should be considered temporary and they should use the time to implement measures like testing, tracing, informing local populations and promoting physical distancing.

Nowhere in his interview did Nabarro mention Trump. Nabarro has advocated a “middle path” in addressing the coronavirus, with measures in between lockdowns and allowing the virus to “run wild and build up herd immunity” and disappear — which Trump has promoted.

In the early months of the pandemic, Trump pushed for a lifting of lockdown orders as the head of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, warned that easing restrictions prematurely could “lead to a deadly resurgence.” Trump has been critical of WHO and has ordered a U.S. pullout from the group next July — saying WHO was too accepting of China’s explanations of its handling of the early outbreak.

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