The World Health Organisation (WHO) has no better option but to get back to work even as the United States has halted its funding to the body.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus who has been under intense pressure by US politicians who has questioned his leadership and handling of the coronavirus pandemic said “We regret the decision of the President of the United States to order a halt in funding to the World Health Organization.”
US President Donald Trump on Tuesday ordered his administration to cut funding to the World Health Organization accusing it of promoting what he calls China’s “disinformation” about the coronavirus.
Tedros said “WHO is reviewing the impact on our work of any withdrawal of U.S. funding and will work with our partners to fill any financial gaps we face and to ensure our work continues uninterrupted.
Our commitment to public health, science and to serving all the people of the world without fear or favour remains absolute.”
“Our mission and mandate are to work with all nations equally, without regard to the size of their populations or economies.
COVID-19 does not discriminate between rich nations and poor, large nations and small. It does not discriminate between nationalities, ethnicities or ideologies.”
The United States is WHO’s largest single donor, contributing between $400 million and $500 million annually to WHO in recent years.
The ?? has been a longstanding & generous friend to @WHO & we hope it will continue to be so. We regret the decision of @realDonaldTrump to order a halt in funding to WHO.
Together, we can improve the health of many of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. #COVID19
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) April 15, 2020