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Ex-WHO chief says U.S. “counterproductive” on virus, world order

Gro Harlem Brundtland, the former director general of the World Health Organization who oversaw the U.N. agency’s response to the SARS crisis between 2002 to 2003, criticized the United States for being “counterproductive” during the novel coronavirus pandemic and leading an “assault” on multilateralism.

In a written interview with Kyodo News, the former prime minister of Norway denounced U.S. decisions to withdraw from the WHO and the Paris Agreement for tackling climate change, among other actions, with the pandemic testing international solidarity and responsibility.

Brundtland is currently co-chair of the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board, an independent monitoring and accountability body to assess preparedness for global health crises.