WHO was warned lives were at risk over yanked Italy report

By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press

ROME (AP) — Emails seen by The Associated Press show that an official who coordinated work on a withdrawn World Health Organization report into Italy's coronavirus response warned his bosses that people could die if the agency allowed political concerns to suppress the document.

The May report examined how the Italian government and health system reacted after the country became the epicenter of Europe's outbreak.

The agency took it down a day after it was posted, prompting the official to warn WHO's chief that the removal undermined the agency's credibility.

WHO said Saturday that the official "expressed his views to many people and they were handled via appropriate channels." It denies pressure from Italy led to the withdrawal.

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