Guest essay by Eric Worrall
President Trump has
announced threatened the USA will withhold funds from the WHO in the wake of their gross mishandling of the Chinese Coronavirus outbreak.
Trump: U.S. to withhold funds from ‘China-centric’ WHO
Trump threatens to withhold U.S. funding from ‘China-centric’ WHO
By Tom Howell Jr.– The Washington Times – Updated: 6:14 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, 2020
President Trump said Tuesday the U.S. will put a “powerful hold” on U.S. funding to the World Health Organization, saying it struck a “China-centric” tone as the coronavirus virus unfolded and dragged its feet in declaring a pandemic.
“They could have called it much earlier,” Mr. Trump said. “When they call every shot wrong, that’s no good.”
Mr. Trump said the U.S. pays a disproportionate amount to the public health arm of the U.N., so he wants to see if it’s worth committing the money.
“I’m not saying I’m going to do it,” Mr. Trump said.
…Read more: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/apr/7/donald-trump-us-withhold-who-funding/
Despite widespread criticism of their initial missteps, WHO shows no sign of getting their act together and focussing on their core mission; In the middle of a pandemic, a week ago a senior WHO advisor published an article exploring how to insert climate action into the global pandemic response.
The WHO has been worse than useless; in my opinion they helped add credibility to China’s lies and false assurances, which lulled the world’s governments into believing the pandemic was not a major issue until it was too late.
Correction (EW): corrected the web link to the CNN article criticising the WHO.
Correction (EW): Nick points out that Trump only threatened to withhold funds. The Washington Times updated their article since this post was written, the original title was a direct copy of the Washington Times.
UPDATE: h/t Craig – Sky News Australia reports the WHO is refusing to release the names of the doctors who vetoed a pandemic declaration in January.
World health Organisation refuses to name staff who blocked early COVID-19 travel bans
EXCLUSIVE: Digital Editor Jack Houghton
The World Health Organisation has refused to release the names of doctors who blocked an early bid to declare coronavirus a global health emergency.
A Sky News Australia investigation has revealed a group of WHO doctors debated whether to declare the deadly coronavirus global emergency in late January but those who wanted to implement strict travel restrictions were outvoted and instead, the body released a glowing statement praising China, followed by a recommendation for countries not to ban travel to China.
…Read more: https://www.skynews.com.au/details/5e8d196323eec60017f0ee31