President Trump has threatened to completely freeze funding for the World Health Organization (WHO) unless there is a “significant improvement” within 30 days.
Washington has stopped funding for WHO since mid-April, accusing WHO of being too close to Beijing and responding poorly to the pandemic.
On May 18, Mr. Trump posted on Twitter a snapshot of the letter he sent to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and said that everyone could understand himself.
In the letter, Mr. Trump listed a list of WHO shortcomings in the pandemic response, including not paying attention to the early signs that the virus was spreading.
“It is clear that the repeated mistakes you and your organization have made in dealing with the pandemic have greatly affected the world. The only way to continue is that WHO must show its independence from China, ”Mr. Trump wrote in the letter.
“If the WHO does not commit to improving the situation significantly within the next 30 days, the suspension of funding is going from temporary to permanent, and we will reconsider joining WHO,” he said.
Earlier, on May 18, the WHO said it would independently assess the response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In this online meeting, Mr. Tedros acknowledged the shortcomings and said he welcomed calls for investigation.
Since January, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has held an almost daily press conference about the virus and has always warned world leaders that the “door” to stop spreading “is closing.”
Trump administration officials and the US quarantine agency (CDC) work closely with WHO. The CDC has always warned against the disease in China, but President Trump has publicly rejected the CDC.
Previously, Mr. Trump himself supported Mr. Tedros for the position of WHO Director-General.
Not only is the funding suspension, the US government seems to be making further moves behind the scenes, according to the Washington Post ‘s late April newsletter .
Accordingly, State Department officials are eliminating WHO references in virus information sheets and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ordered “bypassing the intermediary partner” when it comes to public health projects. The United States has previously deployed it through WHO.
Instead, the United States is trying to divert funds for WHO to other non-governmental organizations in the field of public health.
But if so, there is a risk that US money will be dispersed, inefficient. Many comments questioned about finding other partners when the disease has reached the current level.
- Every 15 seconds, 1 person dies of Covid-19 in the world
There are nearly 19 million Covid-19 infections worldwide and more than 700,000 deaths as of August 5. According to Reuters, one person dies every 15 seconds from the new strain of coronavirus.
The death of coronavirus infection surpassed 700,000 on August 5, according to Reuters statistics. The United States , Brazil, India and Mexico are countries with rapidly increasing deaths.
On average, nearly 5,900 people die every 24 hours from Covid-19, according to Reuters calculations based on data from the past two weeks.
This equates to 247 deaths every hour, or one person every 15 seconds from the new strain of coronavirus.
US President Donald Trump declared the Covid-19 pandemic to be controlled as far as possible in the US, where more than 155,000 people have died from the coronavirus. The response to the discrete pandemic in this country has not been able to prevent the number of infections from rising.
“They are dying, it’s true,” Trump said in an interview with news site Axios . “Accept this. But that doesn’t mean we haven’t done everything we can yet. The pandemic is under control as much as possible in America. This is a terrible epidemic.”
In Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro ignores the severity of the pandemic and opposes restrictions to prevent virus spreading, even if he and some of his cabinet members are already virus-positive.
The pandemic affected Latin America, where about 640 million people live, more slowly than in other parts of the world. However, officials still struggle to control the virus because of the poverty and high population density of the area.
More than 100 million people across Latin America and the Caribbean live in slums, according to the United Nations Human Resources Program . Many worked in the informal economy, had little access to the welfare system, and had to work during the pandemic.
Even in places where the virus seems to have been prevented, the number of new infections has increased in recent times, signaling a long-lasting war.
Australia , Japan , Hong Kong , Bolivia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Bulgaria, Belgium, Uzbekistan and Israel all recorded a record increase in new infections over the past few days.
Australia also reported a record new death toll on August 5, bringing the total coronavirus deaths in the country to 247.
- The US surpass 5 million coronavirus infections
The US has recorded more than 5 million Covid-19 cases as of August 8. The United State also has more than 161,000 people died of coronavirus.
On 8/8, the number of coronavirus infections in the US surpassed the 5 million people, while American politicians are still debating about the pandemic bailout and schools considering whether to continue opening
With 5 million cases of Covid-19, the United States continues to be the country with the most cases in the world. Second is Brazil with about 3 million cases. India ranked third with 2 million positive cases.
In terms of cases per capita, the US ranks eighth in the world.
The number of US cases is reported by the New York Times based on reports of federal, state and local officials. Public health experts have warned that the actual number of people infected with coronavirus in the US is much larger.
The number of infections is on the rise in seven states, as well as in Puerto Rico, Guam and the US Virgin Islands, according to the New York Times. During the past week, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida were the states with the most recent viral infections relative to the population.
The United States recorded its 1 million infection on April 28, more than three months after the first case was discovered in the country. As of June 10, the US exceeded 2 million cases. The US continues to hit the 3 million infection mark on July 7 and the 4 million cases on July 23.
The US is testing about 720,000 people a day, according to data from the Covid Tracking Project.
The number of new infections per day in the US peaked on July 16 with 75,697 cases. This number has gradually decreased and the average over the last seven days has been about 54,000 new infections per day.
At least 161,000 people have died since the pandemic started in the US.