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European Union supports WHO against criticism of the US President

European Commission spokeswoman Virginie Battu-Henriksson. Photo: Getty.

The European Union has and will continue to support the World Health Organization, especially in the present time.

In the face of US President Donald Trump's increasing pressure on and criticizing the World Health Organization, the European Union has said it continues to support the organization because it is now not the time to blame.

Before US President Donald Trump sent a letter criticizing the WHO and threatening to cut off funding and withdraw from the organization, in a statement on the afternoon of May 19, European Commission spokeswoman Virginie Battu- Henriksson said that the European Union has and will continue to support the World Health Organization, especially in the present time.

“This is the time to unite, not to blame anyone or damage multilateral cooperation. The European Union supports the Health Organization in its efforts to prevent and reverse the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic and has provided additional financial support to carry out these efforts.”
On the same day, the European Commission's foreign policy and security commissioner Josep Borrell also affirmed that Europe asked the World Health Organization to take a leading role in responding to the current pandemic. 

At the same time, he believes that the only way for the world to win the Covid-19 pandemic is to unite and promote multilateral cooperation under the auspices of the United Nations.

This is not the first time that the EU has objected to US policies for the World Health Organization. In April, when US President Donald Trump announced that he would stop making financial contributions to WHO, many leaders of the EU and Germany and France criticized the US decision.

Currently, in the context of the world lacking leadership in a pandemic faced by fierce confrontation between the two powers of the United States and China, Europe is making efforts to protect WHO, and promote many cooperative initiatives.

Earlier this month, the EU hosted an online conference that raised 7.4 billion euros to develop vaccines and fund WHO projects.

High Commissioner for Foreign Policy and Security of the EU, Josep Borrell on May 19 also reiterated the EU's call for the world to share vaccine research and ensure fair access between countries for vaccine inventions and treatments of Covid-19.

This view also contradicts the policy of the US government because the US has required many pharmaceutical companies, such as Sanofi of France, to give the US the priority to access vaccines.

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