President Donald Trump lifts a mask during the first presidential debate in front of Joe Biden. (The Associated Press)
Madrid – The director of Public Health and Environment of the World Health Organization (WHO), the Spanish María Neira, highlighted this Friday the “irony” that the president of the United States, Donald Trump, tested positive for COVID-19 and He trusted that this circumstance will make him empathize more with the victims and consequences of the pandemic. tive in COVI
Neira responded this way in a debate organized by the New Economy Forum entity in Madrid when asked if he thinks he can change Trump's approach to the pandemic after he and his wife have been infected with coronavirus.
He specified that he is not happy that Trump has been infected, “but it seems a bit ironic that it was so,” while wishing him a speedy recovery.
“Probably, on a more human and personal level, the part of empathy for patients or for how the process is followed will surely affect them, especially if their environment has also been infected,” he said.
On the political level, Neira assured that Trump's management of the pandemic has had “many twists and turns,” such as the announcement of the withdrawal of the United States from the WHO, something “tremendously sad”, the international expert stressed.
A decision, according to Neira, that the WHO does not want to contemplate, so he hoped that it is not like that and that “there is still a choice” for the United States to remain one of the 193 countries that are part of that world organization. “And we can continue to count on them as we are counting now,” he argued.
He insisted that the US has a very important role to play in the global public health architecture that the WHO wants to implement.