Don’t turn COVID-19 into “political football”: WHO

Don't turn COVID-19 into "political football": WHO

The World Health Organization asked about contradictory remarks by President Donald Trump and US health officials on COVID-19.

“It is important that we have consistent messaging from all levels, and it’s not for one country or one entity; consistent messaging between science and between government,” the WHO’s Mike Ryan said in response to a question about the exchange.

The science around the coronavirus was “complicated stuff”, with data and new evidence evolving, Ryan said. “So it isn’t easy and it isn’t easy for everyone to be on message all of the time.”

“It’s understanding the confusion, it’s understanding their concern, it’s understanding their apprehension. And not laughing at it and not turning that into some kind of political football,” he added.

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