Trump threatens to permanently cut off USA funding to WHO

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Trump's letter threatened the World Health Organization, telling the agency he will halt funding from the USA if it does not "commit to major substantive improvements in the next 30 days".

The WHO has come under fire from U.S. President Donald Trump, who accuses it of having mishandled the outbreak and of favouring China, where the virus is believed to have emerged late previous year.

During the ongoing World Health Assembly, many world leaders have strongly defended the WHO and voiced their support for the organization to continue its leading in the coronavirus battle. But the review panel, echoing comments from many countries, said such a review during the "heat of the response" could hurt WHO's ability to respond to it. Please let me correct the record. The journal did not publish any findings on the COVID-19 outbreak in December 2019. "The first reports we published were from Chinese scientists on Jan 24, 2020". It reflects a clear understanding that as with Sars pandemic, China has not been completely forthcoming on Covid-19.

The US denounced the World Health Organization over the initial handling of the outbreak.

A second paper, also published January 24, described the first scientific evidence confirming person-to-person transmission.

This has led to allegations - most recently from President Trump - that the World Health Organization is "China-centric". "No cover up. Full transparency".

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Meanwhile, President Trump said he was considering travel ban on countries from Latin America due to surge in coronavirus cases there.

World Health Organization officials running the meeting clapped and cheered after the resolution was passed without a vote hours after Trump tweeted his threat to pull the United States out of the body.

"The US tries to use China as an issue to shift responsibility and bargain on its global obligations to the WHO", which is a miscalculation, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a media briefing here.

The president in the letter said his administration has been in talks with the WHO on "how to reform the organization", without elaborating on the measures. It is a normative, technical agency which needs to keep member states at the table.

'The risk remains high and we have a long road to travel, ' Tedros added, saying preliminary tests in some countries showed that at most 20% of populations had contracted the disease but most places that less than 10 per cent.

Newsweek has contacted the White House, the CDC and the World Health Organization for comment.

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