Just recently, President Donald Trump announced that the United States will stop funding the World Health Organization due to its failure in its basic duty in responding to the COVID-19 threat. The president also accused the United Nations of ‘mismanaging and covering the spread of the virus after it started in China’.
“I am directing my administration to halt funding while a review is conducted to assess the World Health Organization’s role in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus,” states US President Donald Trump, in an article by BBC.
Moreover, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in a conversation with journalists, responded that the US has been a longstanding and generous ally to WHO and hopes that it will continue to be so.
“The United States of America has been a longstanding and generous friend to WHO, and we hope it will continue to be so. We regret the decision of the President of the United States to order a halt in funding to the World Health Organization”, begins World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
“In due course, WHO’s performance in tackling this pandemic will be reviewed by WHO’s Member States and the independent bodies that are in place, to ensure transparency and accountability. This is part of the usual process put in place by our Member States”, the director-general continues.
In the interim, the agency is reviewing the impact of the funding withdrawal to its operations and it is currently working with partners to fill financial gaps.