The President of the United States, Donald Trump has announced that he will be cutting the funding for the World Health Organization, WHO at a press conference on Tuesday. The Director-General of the organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has given his response towards it.
According to RT, Dr. Tedros said that WHO regrets the decision of President Trump to cut off their funding, he further said that the organization’s work on fighting the outbreak will be reviewed by WHO’s member states and independent bodies, and this is so as to make sure that they are clear and responsible. Dr. Tedros also thanked the countries who have shown support for WHO, and he said that they are striving to fight against the outbreak of covid-19 and that is where their focus lies. Moreover, the United States accounts for 90% of WHO’s payment.
President Trump’s Defense and Reason
President Trump has pointed out his reason for cutting their funding. He claimed that WHO had had a delayed response to the outbreak and had caused the deaths of many lives.
He also stated on his Twitter page that even though the United States is funding WHO the most, the organization is very China-centric. Furthermore, WHO had actually suggested that President Trump should keep the United States border open to China and they questioned his decision to place travel restrictions on China at the start of the outbreak in China. Fortunately, the President had rejected their suggestion, but he told them how they were supporting the Chinese too much.
The blame game
TheGuardian stated that President Trump’s act of saying that he is going to cut off WHO’s funding is international vandalism and an act of moral misconduct. Moreover, he cut off their funding when their work is most needed by the whole world. However, it is also understandable that WHO is also at fault since they advised President Trump to open the Chinese borders, they have recently seemed to support China and they also didn’t receive the outbreak well. Furthermore, worldwide the United States currently has the highest number of covid-19 cases deaths.
However, many blame President Trump for the way he received the outbreak, and since he didn’t place the travel restrictions on the Chinese until January ending. He said that the Trump administration will review the World Health Organization, WHO due to the fact that it didn’t do its basic duty of protecting the world and fighting off pandemics like covid-19.
President Trump further said that their mind will be made up of whether they will continue funding WHO or not after the period of 60 to 90 days. The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres has responded to Trump’s action that the international society should be united and work hard to fight the corona virus and stop it completely. He added that he believed that the WHO has to be supported so as to put a to covid-19.
The BBC reported that the founder of Microsoft, Bill gates tweeted that cutting the WHO’s funding during a pandemic is as dangerous as it sounds. After the United States, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is the WHO’s second-biggest funder.