Despite calls from 150 scientists, doctors and medical ethicists asking for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro to be postponed or moved to a different location, the WHO released a statement on Saturday dismissing the idea.
The 150 individuals had signed a letter directed at the director-general of the World Health Organization, DR. Margaret Chan, in which they expressed their concern that the global spread of the Zika Virus will be greatly accelerated by the roughly 500,000 tourists who are expected to visit Rio during the Olympic Games. Full breakdown see HERE.
The response from the WHO was that the cancellation or alteration of the games in any way will not significantly affected the Zika Viruses spread because the virus itself is already in up to 60 or so countries that are frequently travelled to.
The WHO added that it intends to continue monitoring the situation and will change any advice that it has accordingly, however, it continues to recommend that pregnant women remain clear of the region, due to the risk of infantile microcephaly.
The World Health Organization did not address the concern raised by the letter’s Signatories that the WHO is entangled with the International Olympic Committee and as a result is causing its decision making to be skewed. More HERE.