The World Health Organization amid the coronavirus

The World Health Organization amid the coronavirus

The World Health Organization amid the coronavirus

"When we are divided, the coronavirus exploits the cracks between us".

Mr Trump has argued that the World Health Organization has failed to carry out its "basic duty" in their response to the pandemic, and stresses that they must be held accountable as a result.

"The world depends on the WHO to work with countries to ensure that accurate information about worldwide health threats is shared in a timely manner", the president said during the White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing on Tuesday.

While Trump pointed to a U.S. investigation of the United Nations agency, Tedros stopped short of addressing his complaints directly and said the WHO's performance in handling the outbreak would be reviewed as part of a "usual process" to ensure transparency and accountability.

The Associated Press reported Wednesday that it obtained internal documents showing Chinese officials waited six days in January before President Xi Jinping warned the public of the dangers of the coronavirus outbreak. It also called on other countries to follow China's example.

"We regret the decision of the president of the United States to order a halt in funding to the World Health Organization", Tedros said. China said the United States should fulfill pledges to the organization, and Russian Federation called Trump's move selfish and ill-timed.

Kluge credited the United States for its historic support for the agency.

Robert Redfield, the director of the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, said the World Health Organization was "a great partner" of his organisation and "we're continuing to work side by side with the World Health Organization to the best that we can to limit the spread of disease and to protect the American people".

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"We believe that their leadership has been fairly helpful".

Trump has repeatedly labelled COVID-19 the "Chinese virus" and criticized the agency for being too lenient on China, where the novel coronavirus first emerged late a year ago. "Politics abhors a vacuum even more".

Trump on Tuesday pointed to a World Health Organization statement in late January opposing travel bans as a response to the coronavirus outbreak. The president instituted travel restrictions on China in late January, later extending it to the European Union and U.K. Around the same time, he also praised China's "efforts and transparency" in a tweet.

"Tragically, other nations put their trust in the World Health Organization and they didn't do any form of ban", Trump said at his daily White House briefings on the pandemic on Wednesday.

"The CDC and The WHO have a had a long history of working together in multiple outbreaks around the world", Redfield said in an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America".

Despite Trump's recent move, the American private organization has signaled that it will continue to support the WHO.

The Trump administration has also accused Beijing of mishandling the pandemic, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asserting that China should be more transparent and "open up" about the origins of the virus. "The president does not have the unilateral authority to withhold the United States' assessed contribution to the World Health Organization". The president said the freeze on funding would remain in place "for 60 to 90 days" while USA officials consider the WHO's actions.

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