“Now is the time for enhanced cooperation and common solutions. Actions that weaken international results must be avoided. We urge the US to reconsider its announced decision.” — European Union
The European Union on has called on the United States (US) to “rethink” the decision to pull out of the World Health Organisation (WHO), this is as a result of its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The President of the United States, Donald Trump, on Friday said he was going to sever US ties with the WHO, accusing it of failing to do enough to combat the initial spread of the virus.
Trump initially suspended funding to the WHO last month, charging it with being too lenient with China, where the virus emerged late last year.
He said Friday the US would be redirecting WHO funds “to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs.”
The United States has been the largest contributor to the WHO budget, providing nothing less than $400 million in annual funding.
EU’s commission president Ursula von der Leyen and foreign affairs chief Joseph Borrell said in a joint statement that;
“The WHO needs to continue being able to lead the international response to pandemics, current and future,”
“For this, the participation and support of all is required and very much needed.”
“As the world continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the main task for everyone is to save lives and contain and mitigate this pandemic.”