The White Home Coronavirus Briefing for April 8, 2020 is anticipated to start at 5:00 p.m.
By Laurel Wamsley, NPR
President Trump assailed the World Well being Group on Tuesday, and indicated that he’ll take into account placing a maintain on funding it.
In a media briefing on the White Home, Trump twice acknowledged that america funds the vast majority of the group’s price range. Based on the WHO, america offered 14.67% of its funding in 2018-2019.
The WHO has been essentially the most outstanding world group main the technique to stem the unfold of the novel coronavirus.
However on Tuesday, Trump criticized the WHO as sluggish to reply to the disaster, and repeatedly stated the group has been “China-centric.” He complained that the WHO “receives huge quantities of cash from america” and that the group “known as it fallacious.”
“They may have known as it months earlier,” he stated. “They might have recognized and they need to have recognized and so they most likely didn’t. So we’ll be trying into that very rigorously.”
Trump at one level stated “we’re gonna put a maintain on cash spent to the WHO,” earlier than backtracking later within the briefing and saying “we’re going to try it.”
“I do not know, they appear to return down on the aspect of China,” Trump replied. “‘Do not shut your borders to China,’ they do not report what’s actually occurring. They did not see it, and but they had been there, they did not see what was occurring in Wuhan. They did not see it. How do you not see it? They did not report it. They should have seen it, however they did not report it.”
The WHO has opposed journey bans, primarily because of the financial injury they trigger.
The U.S. is the one largest contributor to the WHO. Its assessed contribution is 22% of the full members’ assessed contributions. The U.S. pays significantly greater than the assessed contributions in extra voluntary contributions. That 22% assessed contribution has been steady for a few years, however the voluntary contributions have fluctuated relying on well being crises and U.S. political priorities.
The WHO is funded not solely by nations, but additionally nonprofit organizations, foundations, corporations, universities and governmental alliances. After the U.S., the subsequent three largest WHO funders in 2018-2019 had been the Invoice & Melinda Gates Basis, the GAVI Alliance, and the UK.
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