Information that the US has severed all ties with the World Well being Group (WHO) was met with criticism in Berlin, which referred to as on the worldwide physique to reform as a way to keep afloat. It additionally urged the EU to fill the funding void.
German Well being Minister Jens Spahn took to Twitter on Saturday, lamenting what he referred to as “a disappointing backlash for Worldwide Well being.” He referred to as upon the WHO to vary whether it is to make “any distinction for the longer term.”
Berlin, whose flip to steer the European Union is available in July, will assist the well being physique hold its head above water, Spahn assured: “And the EU should take a number one function and interact extra financially. That’s one among our priorities for our EU presidency.”
That's a disappointing backlash for Worldwide Well being. If @WHO shall make any distinction for the longer term it wants reform. And the EU should take a number one function and interact extra financially. That's one among our @BMG priorities for our EU presidency. #EU2020BMG
— Jens Spahn (@jensspahn) Could 30, 2020
Whereas the evasive message didn’t title names, it marked a slight nod to US President Donald Trump who introduced the termination of the US’ relationship with the WHO the day prior.
In a speech largely dedicated to castigating China, Trump stated the group did not make “main substantive enhancements” and is now “completely” managed by Beijing.
On Could 19, the US president penned a letter to the WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, warning he would completely minimize funding if the UN company doesn’t handle these “enhancements” inside 30 days. His Friday announcement got here solely ten days after voicing the ultimatum.
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Trump has repeatedly bashed the WHO’s response to the Covid-19 epidemic, claiming it favored Beijing. China, on its half, envisioned the threats as an try and smear its struggle in opposition to Covid-19 and shift the blame for the mishandling of the epidemic on US soil.
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