Published On: Wed, Apr 15th, 2020

Reactions from Trump’s WHO funding with drawing

Africa briefing:

US President Donald Trump has instructed his administration to temporarily halt funding to the World Health Organisation (WHO) over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump said the WHO ‘failed in its basic duty and it must be held accountable.’ He said it promoted China’s ‘disinformation’ about the virus that likely led to a wider outbreak.

The United States is the biggest overall donor to the Geneva-based WHO, contributing more than $400m in 2019, roughly 15 percent of its budget.

Reaction to Trump’s move was fast and furious worldwide.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres 

This is ‘not the time’ to reduce resources for WHO operations, Guterres said.

‘Now is the time for unity and for the international community to work together in solidarity to stop this virus and its shattering consequences,’ he said.

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