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WHO Director-General Calls For World Solidarity After US Cuts Funding To WHO



After the United States suspended funding for WHO, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has called on countries to unite to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a press conference in Switzerland on 15th April, 2020, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus expressed regret about the decision of the President of the United States Donald Trump about cutting US funding, which is an important source of budget contributions important to this organization.

He said that;
 "The United States has always been a longtime and generous friend of WHO, we hope they will continue to do so."
He also emphasized the principle against the Covid-19 epidemic as solidarity and thanked the supporters after the US decision. Currently, WHO is still assessing the impact of the move and will "try to fill any gaps with partners"The Director-General added that WHO will self-assess how to handle pandemics "at the right time". 
He also added that;
"We will definitely identify areas where we need improvement, there will be lessons for us all."
Earlier, Tedros wrote on his official Twitter handle that;
 "There is no time to waste. The only focus of the WHO is to support everyone to save people and prevent Covid-19". 
He had also posted on the WHO's updated strategies for coping with epidemics on April 14. This strategy guides how to respond at the national and local levels, including practical guidance appropriate to the local context.

Tedros said;
"One of the main things we learned in the last few months about Covid-19 is that the faster we detect, test, quarantine and treat infected people, the more difficult it is for the virus to spread. This principle will save many lives and minimize the economic impact of a pandemic."
On April 14, US President Donald Trump decided to stop granting aid to WHO and reviewed for 60 to 90 days about the allegations that it had "managed failure and masked the spread of corona virus.” He said that WHO was not transparent about Covid-19 and Washington would discuss "how to use the money that should be in the hands of WHO".

The president's decision followed weeks of controversy over WHO's responsibility to respond to a pandemic, as well as accusations that the WHO was too humble before China. According to the WHO website, the US is currently the largest donor of WHO. In 2018-2019, the country contributed 15% of the organization's 893 budget. The US withdrawal of WHO aid amid the serious epidemic spread around the world has led to the objections of many countries and organizations. 

Trump's move has faced opposition from the United Nations, Russia, China, the European Union, the African Union and billionaire Bill Gates, a major supporter of WHO through his charitable foundation.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said that;

“The epidemic was not the time to cut back on resources for WHO or any humanitarian organization in the fight against viruses."

Beijing said that Washington "undermined international cooperation against the disease" while Russia criticized the US "selfishly".



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