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‘No time to waste’: Trump offers WHO 30 days to make 'main enhancements' earlier than US PERMANENTLY freezes funding

‘No time to waste’: Trump gives WHO 30 days to make 'major improvements' before US PERMANENTLY freezes funding

US President Donald Trump has threatened to halt American funding for the World Well being Group (WHO) for good, giving the company 30 days to wash up its act whereas insisting it mishandled the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a scathing letter addressed to WHO Director Basic Tedros Adhanom on Monday night time, Trump took the company to process for what he mentioned had been “inaccurate and deceptive” statements in regards to the coronavirus and shifting too slowly to deal with the disaster, whereas additionally accusing it of doing China’s bidding alongside the best way.

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 “All through the disaster, the World Well being Group has been curiously insistent on praising China for its alleged “transparency”…however that Chnia has been something however clear,” the president mentioned,  including “The one approach ahead for the World Well being Group is that if it could possibly truly exhibit independence from China … we do not need time to waste.”

If the World Well being Group doesn’t decide to main substantive enhancements throughout the subsequent 30 days, I’ll make my short-term freeze of United States funding … everlasting and rethink our membership.

It’s unclear what the company must do for the White Home to renew funding, nevertheless, because the letter doesn’t specify what sort of reforms the Trump administration wish to see, with the US President himself describing the three-page doc as “self-explanatory” on Twitter.

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Trump has steadily stepped up assaults on the WHO in latest months, usually accusing the group of being too near Beijing and for dropping the ball on its response to the pandemic, freezing US funding in April over the identical allegations. The WHO has repeatedly denied the administration’s expenses.

Earlier on Monday Tedros mentioned the group would conduct a evaluation of its “transparency” and “accountability” amid the pandemic, which is able to start on the “earliest acceptable” time.

By the point the WHO declared the coronavirus a world pandemic in March, it had already unfold to greater than 100 international locations, with some critics arguing the group reacted too slowly. The well being physique and Tedros himself have additionally come beneath hearth for suggesting within the early months of the outbreak that the virus couldn’t transmit person-to-person, and that aggressive measures comparable to journey bans weren’t wanted because the unfold past China was “minimal and gradual.”

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