Tue. Jun 2nd, 2020

COVID-19: WHO Gets Stronger Support From Member States Amidst US Withdrawal

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World Health Organisation gets strong supports after its Member states have backed a resolution which shows stronger support of the World Health Organization, after the US president, Donald Trump issued a fresh broadside against the UN body, issuing it 30 days to make unspecified reforms or lose out on US funding.

The United State President, Donald Trump was not pleased with how the WHO handle the coronvirus crises when it broke out from the Chinese City of Wuhan on Dec 31 2019. Donald Trump has alleged that WHO in connection with China has misled Nations around the world, by not accepting the travelling restrictions from China to the rest of the world.

It was reported that a resolution that backed the WHO’s leadership and revealed that there needed to be an investigation into the global response to the coronavirus pandemic won endorsement at the WHO’s annual ministerial meeting on Tuesday.

The US president launched his attack late on Monday, sending a lengthy letter outlining America’s belief that the WHO had not been sufficiently independent of China, and had been too willing to accept its explanations for the origins of the coronavirus outbreak.

As the pandemic worsens in the US, and other countries begin a tentative recovery, Trump has sought to blame China and the WHO. The letter accused the WHO of making repeated mistakes, meaning thousands of lives had been lost, and America’s interests not served.

“If the WHO does not commit to major substantive improvements within the next 30 days, I will make my temporary freeze of United States funding to the WHO permanent and reconsider our membership,” Trump informed its chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

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His attack was timed to coincide with the start of the two-day World Health Assembly, which on Tuesday finally backed a draft resolution that supported a WHO-established independent and impartial inquiry into the WHO’s conduct over the coronavirus.

The resolution, supported by China’s president, Xi Jinping, on Monday and largely drafted by the European Union, stops short of the kind of international inquiry focused on China’s conduct that was first canvassed by Australia and the US. The Chinese foreign ministry claimed the resolution was completely different from the politically motivated inquiry sought by Australia.


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