Trump threatens permanent freeze of World Health Organization funding, review of USA membership

Trump gives WHO 30 days for ‘improvement’ threatens permanent funding freeze

Trump threatens permanent freeze of World Health Organization funding, review of USA membership

Trump's letter also cited "credible reports of the virus spreading in Wuhan in early December 2019 or even earlier, including reports from the Lancet medical journal". The agency has previously noted that it declared a global health emergency on January 30, when there were fewer than 100 cases of coronavirus outside of China.

He accused World Health Organization of being unjustifiably favourable towards China and its operations, alleging it "failed to independently investigate credible reports that conflicted directly with the Chinese Government's official accounts". Xi promised to devote $2 billion toward fighting the pandemic over the next two years while urging greater global cooperation to defeat the virus, which has infected 4.8 million people worldwide and killed more than 318,000.

Trump in mid-April suspended payments to the World Health Organization and directed his administration to review whether the agency mishandled its response to the coronavirus pandemic coming out of China. The probe is expected to shed light on the origins of the virus and China's early handling of the outbreak.

The WHO has agreed to launch an independent review of its response to the virus and the European Union is pushing for an "impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation" of the worldwide response.

"We all have lessons to learn from the pandemic". Every country and every organisation must examine its response and learn from its experience.

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Macron added that the WHO also needs everybody else, "that's precisely why recently France has made a decision to substantially increase our financial contribution to this organization". "I've heard a lot of good stories", Trump said.

Trump has sharpened his attack on the World Health Organization since the United States emerged as the epicenter of the novel coronavirus.

He also blamed Adhanom Ghebreyesus for the global COVID-19 death toll, claiming that "many lives could have been saved" if he'd pursued the same actions former WHO Director-General Harlem Brundtland took in battling the the SARS outbreak in the early 2000s.

However, speaking by video-link, a wide range of country leaders and health ministers hailed the WHO's efforts to coordinate the response, and urged more funding and stronger support for the United Nations agency.

In Washington on Monday, Trump faulted World Health Organization for having done "a very sad job" and said he was considering whether to cut the annual USA funding from $450 million a year to $40 million.

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Mr Littleproud said his Chinese counterpart had indicated he would not discuss trade issues in the near future. But China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi lashed out at foreign lawmakers for politicising the pandemic.

Answering critics who said the country covered up the outbreak when it first emerged in Wuhan at the end of a year ago, Mr Xi insisted his country had acted with "openness, transparency and responsibility", providing information to the World Health Organization and relevant countries in a "timely fashion".

China should actively participate in the work of independent review of the WHO's COVID-19 response, the Commission added.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called the World Health Organization "irreplaceable" and said it needed greater resources to provide support for developing countries.

The UK echoed those sentiments saying that COVID-19 was a "shared challenge" that must be defeated through a "collective response". He said if the virus had taught humankind anything it was "humility".

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