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Trump ‘terminates’ US contract with WHO

Filed under: Breaking News,Health & Nutrition,International News,Politics |
Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump, has said the US is ‘terminating’ its relationship with the World Health Organisation (WHO), saying group hasn’t made coronavirus reforms.

Trump said Chinese officials “ignored” their reporting obligations to the WHO and pressured the WHO to mislead the world when the virus was first discovered.

He noted that the US contributes about $450 million to the world body while China provides about $40 million.

Trump has been a vocal critic of the WHO’s handling of the pandemic, officially freezing US funding in April. He said the funding would diverted to “other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs,” without providing specifics.

The WHO and 37 countries have launched the COVID-19 Technology Access Pool, an alliance aimed at making coronavirus vaccines, tests, treatments and other technologies available to all countries.

Russia has announced that 232 more people have died from the coronavirus in the last 24 hours in a record one-day increase in the country.

India’s coronavirus death and case tolls have passed China’s, after the country recorded 175 new deaths and 7,466 new cases.

The English Premier League and Italy’s Serie A are set to resume in June after a near-three month suspension over coronavirus fears.

China again reported no new cases as Trump renewed attacks on Beijing over the coronavirus pandemic. He called the virus “a very bad gift from China”.

More than 5.8 million cases of coronavirus have been confirmed around the world, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Some 359,000 people have died, while more than 2.4 million have recovered.


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