World Health Organization to initiate independent review of its handling of coronavirus pandemic

World Health Organization to initiate independent review of its handling of coronavirus pandemic

World Health Organization to initiate independent review of its handling of coronavirus pandemic

The Chinese government immediately hit back and said the United States was using China as an excuse to shirk financial obligations that had been jointly determined by World Health Organization member states.

US President Donald Trump has warned the WHO that he would reconsider America's membership in the United Nations health body and "permanently freeze" the funding to it if it does not demonstrate its "independence" from China in the next 30 days.

Health Secretary Alex Azar did not mention China by name, but made clear Washington considered the WHO jointly responsible.

"They gave us a lot of bad advice, awful advice", he said. "We have done everything in our power to support and assist countries in need". Speaking at Tedros's invitation, Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged to dispense $2 billion in aid and future Chinese-made vaccines.

He has also suspended funding to the World Health Organization over accusations it initially downplayed the seriousness of the outbreak, and was too close to Beijing.

The WHO DG's comments come against the backdrop of mounting criticism against both the WHO and China over their alleged roles in allowing covid-19 to develop into a pandemic.

When it declared a global emergency on January 30, there were fewer than 100 cases outside China, and no deaths, he said.

A sense of solidarity was a theme among European participants, with French and German leaders using the virtual assembly to call for a united approach to fighting the virus. He received robust backing from the WHO's independent oversight panel. "I've heard a lot of good stories", Trump said.

The letter accuses the World Health Organization of downplaying the pandemic and echoing propaganda from the communist Chinese government. "Such a review should be conducted in a scientific and impartial manner", he said.

President Trump suspended funding in mid-April, accusing it of being too "China-centric" and missing the call on the outbreak.

In his address to the annual meeting of WHO's member countries, director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned there is still "a long road to travel" before the pandemic is contained, noting that the majority of the world's population remains susceptible to the virus.

A resolution tabled by the European Union called for an "impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation" of the worldwide response to the pandemic, which has so far infected almost 4.8 million people and killed more than 317,000. It was expected to be debated and adopted on Tuesday. "It needs to strengthen, implement and finance the systems and organisations it has - including World Health Organization".

And it addressed the controversial issue of the origin of the virus, which first emerged in China late a year ago, urging the World Health Organization to help investigate "the zoonotic source of the virus and the route of introduction to the human population".

He has said that USA taxpayers provided between 400 and 500 million dollars a year to the organisation.

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