WHO rejects call to move Olympics

Added On May 29, 2016

The World Health Organization (WHO) has rejected a call for the Rio Olympic Games to be moved or delayed due to the outbreak of Zika virus in Brazil. 
World News has the details.
More than 150 scientists on Friday called for the cancellation or delay of the Olympic Games, saying the risk of infection from the Zika virus is too high.
The scientists, many of them bioethicists, signed an open letter to WHO director-general Margaret Chan.
The letter urged that the Games, due to be held in Rio de Janeiro in August, be moved to another location or delayed.
In response, WHO said on Saturday that based on the current assessment of Zika virus, there is no public health justification for postponing or cancelling the games.
However, one of the signatories of the letter, Dr. Ford Vox, says the WHO's response was "depressing", and "too quick for anyone to believe they gave the letter due consideration."
Meanwhile, the International Olympic Committee also jumped into the debate, saying the WHO's response was not made in consultation with the IOC.