Trump threatens to permanently freeze funding in scathing letter to WHO

Trump threatens to permanently freeze funding in scathing letter to WHO

"They're a puppet of China", he added.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the United Nations body had "sounded the alarm early, and we sounded it often".

In Washington on Tuesday (NZ time), 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.

Azar said the United States supported "an independent review of every aspect of WHO's response" and that China's conduct should be "on the table" too.

"We do not need a review to tell us that we must all do everything in our power to ensure this never happens again".

Authorities in Wuhan have come under fire for reprimanding and silencing doctors who raised the alarm about the virus late previous year.

Chinese President Xi Jinping painted his country as a global leader at the World Health Organization's annual meeting Monday, calling for worldwide cooperation against the new coronavirus, pledging $2 billion toward this end, and promising to make any Chinese vaccine "a global public good" when available.

Tedros, who has always promised a post-pandemic review, said it would come "at the earliest appropriate moment" and provide recommendations for future preparedness.

Two days ago, the President tweeted that he was actively considering restoring some but not all of USA funding to the organisation after he announced a suspension on April 14.

"As a result, the virus has spread across the world and is now moving into the global South, where its impact may be even more devastating, and we are risking further spikes and waves", Mr Guterres said.

Earlier, the European Union and other countries called for an independent evaluation of World Health Organization response to the pandemic "to review experience gained and lessons learned".

Trump spoke as the WHO held its first annual assembly since the pandemic swept the world after originating in China, causing massive economic disruption and killing 316,000 people - close to a third of them in the United States. Addressing the two-day forum on Monday, US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar called WHO's response a "failure" of information gathering and transparency that "cost many lives". Most notably, U.S. President Donald Trump has claimed the organization ignored Taiwan's warnings of atypical pneumonia cases in mainland China.

"This contagion exposes the fault lines, inequalities, injustices and contradictions of our modern world", Tedros said. World Health Organization is committed to transparency, accountability and continuous improvement, ' Tedros said.

"This is on top of a "tremendous amount" of medical supplies sent to over 50 African countries in recent months", he said. Last year, China donated about $86 million to WHO.

That decision to temporarily withdraw funding from the WHO follows a pattern of skepticism of world organizations that began well before the coronavirus pandemic.

He has faced heavy criticism for his handling of the pandemic, especially for praise he heaped on China's communist party for its response - hailing the regime's "commitment to transparency" and saying the speed with which it detected the virus was "beyond words".

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