World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stressed that countries need solidarity to win the Covid-19 pandemic, after the United States halted funding for WHO.
According to Reuters , World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on April 15 thanked supporters after President Donald Trump announced that the United States would suspend funding for WHO.
“Unity is the game’s rule to beat Covid-19,” said general manager Tedros. “If we divide, the virus will take advantage of the gap between us.”
Mr. Tedros said that he regretted President Trump’s decision to cut US funding, which is an important source of funding for the organization.
“The United States has always been a long and generous friend of WHO and we hope they will continue to play that role,” Reuters quoted Tedros as saying at the WHO’s daily press conference on the Covid-19 epidemic.
The WHO director-general said that the organization was still considering the consequences of the US decision and “tried to fill the gaps with the partners”, but he also said that now is the time for the world to unite for a goal. collectively to combat disease outbreaks, a “dangerous enemy”.
President Trump said on Wednesday that the United States would withdraw aid to WHO and review for 60 to 90 days the allegations that it had “managed failure and masked the spread of the coronavirus”.
According to the WHO website, the US is currently the largest donor of WHO. In the 2018-2019 fiscal year, the country contributed 15% of the organization’s 893 budget.
The president’s decision followed weeks of controversy over WHO’s responsibility to respond to a pandemic, as well as accusations that the WHO was too humble before China .
The US withdrawal of WHO aid amid the serious epidemic spread around the world has led to the objections of many countries and organizations.
Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres said that while the disease “is not the time to cut resources for the activities of the WHO or any other humanitarian organization in the fight against viruses”.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lian Kien said the epidemic situation was at a critical stage and the US decision would affect all countries in the world.
“The division of responsibilities will not help. The virus does not distinguish borders,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Twitter April 15.
“We must work closely together to fight against Covid-19. One of the best investments is to strengthen the UN’s power, especially its affiliated WHO, for example to develop and diversify coordinate test kits and vaccines “.