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Donald Trump threatened to cut US funding to WHO permanently in 30 days

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  Donald Trump. REUTERS / Leah Millis
Donald Trump. REUTERS / Leah Millis

President Donald Trump threatened Monday to permanently suspend US funding to the World Health Organization if it does not make "substantial improvements" in the next 30 days..

Washington suspended its contribution to the WHO in mid-April, accusing the organization of positioning itself on the Beijing side, as well as covering up and mishandling the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump tweeted Monday images of a letter to the WHO director, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

In the letter, Trump lists what he says are examples of WHO's failures during the pandemic, including ignoring early reports of the virus's emergence.

"Clearly, repeated missteps by you and your organization to respond to the pandemic have been extremely costly to the world. The only way for the World Health Organization to move forward is if it can truly demonstrate independence from China.Trump says to the WHO director in the letter.

"If the World Health Organization does not commit to making substantial improvements in the next 30 days, I will make my temporary freeze on US funds to the World Health Organization permanent and reconsider our membership in the organization," Add.

Hours before, WHO announced it will launch an independent review of its response to the pandemic.

Ghebreyesus acknowledged deficiencies during the organization's annual meeting and said he appreciated requests for a review.

On the other hand, on the first day of the organization's annual meeting this Monday, Alex Azar, the US Secretary of Health, assured that the "failure" of the World Health Organization (WHO) in the face of the covid-19 pandemic has cost "many lives".

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"Let us be frank about one of the main reasons that the epidemic has escaped our control: this organization failed to obtain the information the world needed and its failure has cost many lives.

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"He declared.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, addresses a virtual meeting of the World Health Assembly to explain the latest developments in the coronavirus pandemic from Geneva, Switzerland. Christopher Black / WHO / Handout via REUTERS.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, addresses a virtual meeting of the World Health Assembly to explain the latest developments in the coronavirus pandemic from Geneva, Switzerland. Christopher Black / WHO / Handout via REUTERS.

"This cannot happen again, the WHO must be much more transparent and accountable," he added in his speech by videoconference before the annual assembly, which this year is being held virtually and is dedicated to coordinating responses against the COVID pandemic. -19.

In April, Trump announced a blockade of his government's contribution to the WHO, due to his disagreement in the management that the agency has carried out in the current pandemic.

Azar said Monday that the United States, the country with the most deaths from coronavirus in the world, is already achieving success in human tests of possible vaccines against COVID-19, stressing that "the transparent way in which we share the results will benefit all the world" He also highlighted that his country has allocated $ 9 billion to finance the response to the pandemic.

The Health Secretary added that there was "a country that did not display transparency", referring to China, the origin of the pandemic, and criticized the WHO for not allowing Taiwan to participate in the current assembly as an observer, when it could have given an important testimony given to the success of its response against COVID-19.

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