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COVID-19 ….Another setback …. Trump administration moves to determine relationship with the World Health Organisation .. as coronavirus surges

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Critics call US president’s move ‘a dangerous step in the wrong direction’ Trump says WHO had ‘failed in its basic duty and it must be held accountable’  — Joshua Roberts/Reuters Trump accuses WHO of promoting China’s “disinformation” about the virus that likely led to a wider outbreak. This is “not the time” to reduce resources for WHO operations. “Now is the time for unity and for the international community to work together in solidarity to stop this virus and its shattering consequences.  – UN Secretary-General “This is a time for all of us to be united in our common struggle against a common threat,” — World Health Organisation Withdrawal could only be effective from July, 2021 – UN Statutes President Donald Trump has notified the United States Congress and the United Nations that America is formally withdrawing from the World Health Organization. A CNN report today states that Sen. Robert Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee tweeted the news: “Congress received notification that POTUS officially withdrew the U.S. from the @WHO the midst of a pandemic. To call Trump’s response to COVID chaotic & incoherent doesn’t do it justice. This won’t protect American lives or interests—it leaves Americans sick & America alone,” he wrote. The report disclosed that:  ’’A State Department official also confirmed that “the United States’ notice of withdrawal, effective July 6, 2021, has been submitted to the UN Secretary-General, who is the depository for the WHO.” The letter addressed to the UN is very short, around three sentences, a source briefed on the correspondence told CNN, and it will trigger a one-year withdrawal timeline. However, this source also cautioned that they cannot confirm they saw the final version of the letter. United States is the biggest overall donor to the Geneva-based WHO, contributing more than $400m in 2019, roughly 15 percent of its budget. While lawmakers from both parties have long cited systemic problems with the WHO, many have also denounced the President’s decision to withdraw during a once-in-a-century global pandemic.  Despite alleging that the World Health Organization “enabled” the Chinese government’s sweeping cover-up of the coronavirus pandemic’s origins, members of the GOP China task force urged President Donald Trump last month to reconsider his decision to terminate relations with the international body, arguing that the US can do more to affect change as a member. WHO REACTS: In a swift reaction, WHO…

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