US President Donald Trump says he will put a hold on US funding to the World Health Organisation, accusing them for „missing the call" on the coronavirus pandemic.
He also said that WHO was "very China-centric". Actually, biggest funding source for WHO is the United States. However, "I'm not saying I'm going to do it," Mr Trump later said. Mr Trump asked why the WHO had given "such a faulty recommendation," apparently referring to the UN body's advice against curtailing international travel to stop the virus which first spread from China. China faces criticism in Washington, particularly from Republicans, over the way it handled the pandemic. More than 12,000 Americans have now died from COVID-19. Deaths in New York reached their highest level with the total number of people felled by COVID-19 now eclipsing the 9/11 terror attacks. More than 1,380,000 cases of coronavirus have now been confirmed across 184 countries, and 78,000 people have died.
The US became the current epicenter of the pandemic. The WHO Constitution, which establishes the agency's governing structure and principles, states its main objective as ensuring "the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health." The WHO has played a leading role in several public health achievements.