The World Health Organization has the gall to lecture the world about paying attention to COVID while it is repeating the mistakes that helped cause the global pandemic in the first place.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told officials in Geneva that “declining testing and sequencing means we are blinding ourselves to the evolution of the virus.” COVID is “most certainly not over,” he said, and “we lower our guard at our peril.”

Tedros complained that testing rates have dropped across the world. Apparently, even countries that have vaccinated all who want to be vaccinated must still be worried about case numbers and burn through COVID tests until the rest of the world catches up. But Tedros is the last person who should be lecturing the world about COVID, in part because he was the last person to recognize that the virus might actually be a problem.

As the virus wreaked havoc in China, Tedros was pushing Chinese propaganda. The WHO said that Chinese officials found no evidence of human-to-human transmission of COVID, asserting it as fact even though Chinese officials knew that the opposite was true. In January 2020, Tedros said that he had confidence in China containing the virus and that “not only are they protecting their people, but if you look at the figures, they’re protecting the rest of the world.”

That was a laughable assertion at the time. Taiwan warned in December 2019 that COVID was spreading between humans. Tedros ignored them then. Now, as he sanctimoniously lectures the world about the appropriate level of COVID urgency, Tedros is once again shunning Taiwan by shutting the country out of the World Health Assembly. Even though Taiwan raised the alarm and China has consistently sabotaged efforts to investigate the origins of the virus, Tedros is still more concerned with pandering to China by blacklisting Taiwan.

Like most of the United Nations, the World Health Organization is an unmitigated disaster. Tedros and the WHO made the global pandemic worse by serving as cheerleaders for the Chinese Communist Party. Tedros wanted to pretend that we were all in this together and the virus shouldn’t become political, even though the CCP actively lied to the world and to his own organization.

What Tedros lacks in self-respect, he makes up for in arrogance. He learned nothing from the WHO’s failures during the pandemic, but he expects that, by virtue of being the lead U.N. health bureaucrat, everyone should continue to listen to him. Ideally, he should be looking for a new job, and the WHO should be shuttered for incompetence.