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WHO Criticizes China’s Zero-COVID Strategy as “Unsustainable”

HeadlineMay 11, 2022

The World Health Organization is calling on China to abandon its “zero-COVID” strategy, citing the toll that weeks of lockdowns have taken on human rights and the economy. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus spoke Tuesday from Geneva.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: “When we talk about the 'zero-COVID' strategy, we don’t think that it’s sustainable, considering the behavior of the virus now and what we anticipate in the future.”

A Foreign Ministry spokesperson in Beijing called the WHO chief’s comments “irresponsible,” and his remarks were censored on Chinese social media. 

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