WHO director-general says he ‘regrets’ Trump’s decision to cut US funding, and issues a call for unity: ‘When we’re divided, the virus exploits the cracks between us’
- Yesterday, president Trump said he was suspending US funding to the World Health Organization in retribution for what he views as its pro-China response to COVID-19.
- During a press briefing April 15, the organization’s director-general said he regrets Trump’s decision, but that the organization will conduct a review to assess its response, find ways to fill the funding gaps, and continue their work as usual.
- He provided no details about exactly how the defunding would affect WHO’s activities, but experts have told Insider the consequences could mean many more deaths and a longer pandemic.
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President Trump announced Tuesday that he was suspending US funding to the World Health Organization, blaming the organization for favoring China and not appropriately vetting its government’s information early enough in the coronavirus outbreak.
Today, during a media briefing in Geneva, the WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus responded, but shared few details about how exactly the decision would affect its functions.
“The United States of America has been a longstanding and generous friend to WHO, and we hope it will continue to be so,” he continued. “We regret the decision of the president of the United States to …continued .
[Source: Business Insider]