New Delhi: United States President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned to permanently freeze its funding to the global health advisor World Health Organisation (WHO) unless there were “substantive improvements” in the coronavirus situation within the next 30 days. Also Read - 'China Using Sino-India Border Situation to Their Advantage,' Says US State Secy Mike Pompeo
The US had suspended its funding for the functioning of the WHO on April 14, stating that it needed to review its role in “severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus”. Also Read - Unlock Phase I Begins; India Now Seventh Worst-hit Country in World With Over 1.82 Lakh COVID-19 Cases
Earlier today, Trump tweeted a letter addressed to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, with a caption that it was “self-explanatory”. Also Read - Coronavirus: Cases in Pakistan Rise Above 69,470; Death Toll Nears 1,500-mark
In the letter, the US President wrote that the Administration was reviewing the investigation on the WHO’s “failed response” at comprehending the COVID-19 pandemic, and has confirmed “many of the serious concerns”, Trump had raised that the public health regulator should have addressed.
President Trump reasserted his allegations that the WHO continued to ignore the “credible” reports on COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan city, China, from where it spread around the world.
Trump has, on several occasions, attacked Beijing claiming that the virus the novel coronavirus emerged from a virology lab in Wuhan city.
Notably, on Monday, WHO chief Tedros acknowledged the organisation’s shortcomings and said that it would launch an independent review of the response to coronavirus pandemic.