“Boris urged to follow Trump and pull billions in funding from World Health Organisation”
“THE UK has been urged to follow the lead of the US and Donald Trump by pulling hundreds of millions of pounds in annual funding to the World Health Organisation (WHO) over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.”
“The US President stunned the world on Tuesday when he announced he would be stopping funding to the organisation following weeks of criticism. Donald Trump has continued to claim the WHO had promoted China’s “disinformation” about the virus that likely led to a wider coronavirus outbreak than otherwise would have occurred. He claimed the WHO had failed to investigate credible reports from sources in China’s Wuhan province that conflicted with Beijing’s accounts about the spread and “parroted and publicly endorsed” the idea that human to human transmission was not happening.”
“Mr Trump told a White House news conference: “The WHO failed in this basic duty and must be held accountable.”
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres hit back at the US President, warning it was not the time to reduce resources for the WHO,
He said in a statement: “Now is the time for unity and for the international community to work together in solidarity to stop this virus and its shattering consequences.”
The US is the biggest overall donor to the WHO, contributing more than $400 million in 2019, roughly 15 percent of its budget.”
“But now the UK, the biggest donor to the organisation outside of the US, has also been urged to pull funding.
Christopher Snowdon, head of lifestyle economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs think tank, said: “The coronavirus pandemic has shown that the World Health Organisation needs to be reformed or replaced.
“As the organisation’s second-biggest funder, the UK should follow America’s lead. In 2018, the UK gave the WHO $200m, the equivalent of billions of face masks or thousands of ICU ventilators.
“It needs to be made clear that the WHO leadership has to be replaced and the agency has to return to its core mission of tackling epidemics with transparency, honesty and a single-minded focus.”
“”This is not the first time it has dropped the ball on infectious disease. The harsh truth is that it will not reform itself unless it is threatened with budget cuts.”
Reacting to the US President’s decision to pull funding to the WHO, Mr Snowdon said the organisation’s response to COVID-19 has been “dangerously inept and often bizarre”.
Writing in the Daily Telegraph, he said Mr Trump is “right to threaten to defund the WHO”, adding: “If it cannot be reformed, it should be replaced.”
But Mr Trump’s decision has sparked furious criticism from other countries and medical experts, particularly as the number of coronavirus infections has now exceeded two million across more than 200 countries.”
Conspiracy Revelation: 16.4.2020: Yes, it should be replaced. The only viable solution.