Coronavirus: President Trump Terminates Relationship With The World Health Organization
4Trump accused the WHO of not accepting reform proposals by the US
Trump focused only on the Pandemic but stopped short of announcing sanctions against China. His punishment was reserved for the WHO where earlier feelers of an inevitable action against the world body was made when he announced earlier the cutting of funding to the world health body. In his announcement on Friday, he also said.
‘China has total control over the World Health Organization, despite only paying $40 million per year compared to what the United States has been paying, which is approximately $450 million a year. We have detailed the reforms that it must make and engage with them directly, but they have refused to act.’
5Why didn’t the WHO take the initial outbreak seriously?
The WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu has voiced his concerns several times against blaming the agency saying the world should come together to battle the virus. However, one wonders why he didn’t echo the same concerns and take into account global health bodies and scientists in analysing the deadly virus situation emerging in China. Instead, he only took China’s inept handling of the situation for granted accepting it as accurate and gospel truth.
6What’s with the cosying up to China?
Since then Trump has constantly come out with constant accusations against the WHO and it’s cosying up to China even though the US is its biggest funding donor. President Trump has been the biggest vocal critic of the relationship between China and the WHO accusing the world health body of being China-centric. He said that neither did enough to release crucial information about the outbreak. Had they done so; thousands of lives may have been saved with due precautions against the virus initiated earlier.