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China to donate additional $30 million to WHO after US stops funds

Atta Ur Rehman KhanWeb Editor & Columnist

23rd Apr, 2020. 06:09 pm
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WHO says asymptomatic spread of coronavirus is very rare

China has announced on Thursday (April 23) that it will donate $30 million additional to the World Health Organization (WHO) to help in the world fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the detail, China took this decision to donate cash to WHO, days after US said it would freeze funding.

Foreign ministry spokesman Hua Chunying told a regular press briefing, “China has decided to donate additional $30 million in cash to WHO to support its global fight against #COVID19, in particular strengthening developing countries’ health systems. China already donated $20 million in cash to WHO on March 11.”

The minister further said that China’s contribution to the UN agency reflects the support and trust of the Chinese government and people for the WHO.

Donald Trump announces to stop funding of WHO

Earlier, President of the United States has announced  he would stop funding to the World Health Organization over its mishandling coronavirus pandemic.

Media reports said President of the United States Donald Trump told a White House news conference the WHO had “failed in its basic duty and it must be held accountable.”

Donald Trump said the group had promoted China’s “disinformation” about the virus that likely led to a wider outbreak of the virus than otherwise would have occurred.

It should be noted that The United States is the the biggest overall donor to the Geneva-based WHO, contributing more than $400 million in 2019, roughly 15% of its budget.

Trump has been increasingly critical of the organization as the global health crisis has continued, and he has reacted angrily to criticism of his administration’s response.

Bill Gates lashes out at the US President Donald Trump over his decision to halt funding they provide to the World Health Organization. He said that taking this decision during coronavirus pandemic is “as dangerous as it sounds.”

Bill Gates said in a recent tweet, “Halting funding for the World Health Organization during a world health crisis is as dangerous as it sounds.

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