Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the president of the USA, Donald Trump temporarily instructed his administrations to halt the funding of the World Health Organisation(WHO), as he accuses it as ‘severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of coronavirus’.
There are more than 25000 deaths and more than 6 lakhs cases in his country due to pandemic COVID-19. His move was expected to hold on the funding because he criticized the organization for lack of necessary action.
On his decision to stop the Geneva-based WHO funding, Bill Gates called it ‘as dangerous as it sounds’. The decision by Trump is also criticized by US allies. The decision was immediately condemned by Dr. Patrice Harris, President of American Medical Association, ‘a dangerous step in the wrong direction that will not make defeating COVID-19 easier’ and they requested Donald Trump to review his decision.
Many countries’ heads also asked to reconsider his decision as WHO provides much essential information across the globe, apportioning blame does not help.
On this decision, China compelled the United States to ‘earnestly fulfill its obligations and responsibilities’.
The USA provides 400-500 million dollars per year, in contrast, China contributes roughly 40 million dollars yearly, so this decision will make a huge impact on WHO working. Since the USA is the major donor to WHO funding, President Trump said ‘it’s a WHO duty to insist on full accountability’.
In this community, Trump condemned the WHO for the inability to obtain virus samples, which causes less essential data to the scientific community. According to reports, he considers the WHO being close to China, as he also criticizes for opposing his decision to ban travel from China in January.