Trump: WHO has 30 days to commit to reform or US will leave

Donald Trump has sent a letter to Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) saying that America will leave the organization if the WHO does not commit to a “major substantive improvements within the next 30 days.” 

President Trump had previously, on April 14, suspended America’s funding of the WHO pending an investigation into what he called “the organization’s failed response to the COVID-19 outbreak.” 

The new letter says that that investigation has confirmed the concerns the administration had over the handling of the outbreak, “especially the WHO’s alarming lack of independence from the People’s Republic of China.” 

The letter details, over 3 pages, the failings of the WHO in how it responded to the COVID-19 outbreak, with a particular focus on the early stages of the virus and the fact the WHO ignored information from Taiwan, given to them on the 31st of December, suggesting that the human-to-human transmission of the virus was occurring. 

It concludes that “The WHO failed to independently investigate credible reports that conflicted directly with the Chinese government’s official accounts, even those that came from sources within Wuhan itself”, that “it is clear the repeated missteps by you and your organisation in responding to the pandemic have been extremely costly for the world”, and that “the only way forward for the WHO is if it can actually demonstrate independence from China.”

The last few months have not been an easy time for the WHO, with a public petition calling on the resignation of the Director being signed by over a million signatories, bizarre interviews in which WHO officials refuse to acknowledge the physical existence of Taiwan despite the exceptional success of Taiwan in containing the virus, claims by the WHO that Taiwan was heading up a racist campaign against him, Japan’s Deputy Prime Minister saying that the WHO should rename itself to the “Chinese Health Organisation“, revelations that German intelligence believe that the Chinese Prime Minister personally asked Dr Tedros to “hold back” information on human-to-human transmission, and Ireland’s decision to quintuple its contribution to the WHO.

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