United Nations, United States:
The United States will pay more than $ 200 million to the World Health Organization by the end of the month after it reversed Donald Trump’s withdrawal plan, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday.
The total corresponds to the commitments the United States made to the global health agency, to which it was the largest donor.
“This is an important step forward in meeting our financial commitments as a WHO member and reflects our renewed commitment to ensuring that WHO receives the support it needs to lead the global response to the pandemic,” said Blinken at a virtual meeting of the UN Security Council at Covid19.
“The United States will work together as partners to address global challenges. This pandemic is one of those challenges and offers us an opportunity not only to tackle the current crisis, but also to become better prepared and more resilient for the future.”
Blinken said the United States is also providing “significant financial support” to Covax, a global plan to distribute vaccines to the poorest countries.
In Geneva, WHO welcomed Blinken’s announcement and said the funds would support its goal of improving the health of billions by 2023 by addressing “not only the Covid-19 pandemic but other health emergencies on the planet.” react all over the world “.
Trump, who has been criticized for his handling of Covid in the US, which has recorded the highest deaths of any nation, announced a withdrawal from the World Health Organization, saying he was committed to China and had not done enough to stop the pandemic.
President Joe Biden immediately overturned the decision upon taking office, although his administration also urged China to be more open to a WHO team investigating the origins of the devastating virus.
“All countries must provide all data from the earliest days of an outbreak,” said Blinken.
“And in the future, all countries should participate in a transparent and robust process for preventing and responding to health emergencies so that the world learns as much as possible as quickly as possible.”
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