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US cuts WHO adrift amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Bianca Rahimi
Press TV, London

The US president has threatened to stop paying his country's contribution to the World Health Organization based in Switzerland. He is blaming the organization for being biased towards China.

This comes in the wake of a months-long campaign led by President Donald Trump’s key Republican supporters and sympathetic media outlets launched against the WHO, accusing it of bias in favor of China. The American President continues to deny any responsibility for the high death toll in his own country too. And is getting more defensive by the day.

But his tirade at the WHO comes two-and-a half months after the organization declared COVID-19 a public health emergency, after which he made statements downplaying it and comparing it to the common flu.

It took the American president a month and half to eventually declare a national emergency. Senior officials at the World Health Organization have pushed back at the US president’s move saying, this is not the time to assign blame nor is it to cut back on funding:

The latest flare-up, appears to have been designed to distract attention from Trump’s record during the outbreak, and follows the highest toll from the virus in the US in a single day, with more than 1,800 coronavirus deaths.

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