The move came as a surprise to many, especially the timing during this pandemic havoc of Covid-19. Trump decision is being considered to be an act that could end up costing lives.
The head of the United Nations, drew a rebuke to Trump decision to cut funding to the World Health Organization saying the WHO was absolutely critical to the world’s effort to win the war against Covid-19.
The U.S is the single most significant contributor to the WHO, and there will be a halt of the funds for 60-90 days pending a review to assess the World Health Organization’s role in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the Coronavirus.
The UN secretary-general, Antonio Guterres insisted that it was not the time to cut funding or to question errors. And that it was the worst time to do in the middle of a pandemic; instead we should unite in the fight against Covid-19 for there will be time to go through what happened.
Guterres pleaded, saying the lessons learned will be essential to address similar challenges effectively, as they may arise in the future. And it was not the right time to reduce the resources for the operations of the World Health organization or any other humanitarian organization in the fight against Covid-19.
Many people are addressing the cut-off funds to the WHO to be uncalled for especially in the middle of a pandemic despite whatsoever lessons and insisting that it needed to take place after the Covid-19 crisis had passed.
Joshua Wong, a Hong Kong democracy activist, was among the first to support Trump’s decision to halt funds to WHO. He has been a critic of the WHO, mentioning that it is an arm of Chinese diplomacy.
Recently, WHO has been under scrutiny over its handling of the pandemic and being too deferential to china, considering the early suppression of information and punishment of whistleblowers by the Chinese government.
It is evident following a tweet on a 14 January from WHO seconding results conducted by the Chinese authorities which indicated that they found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission.
The director of the WHO Centre on public health and human rights Lawrence Gostin warned that other countries would step into the vacuum by increasing funds for the WHO and that the US would ultimately lose out.
As it stands, the US is the worst affected country in the world with high infection numbers, and this is expected to sky rock in coming weeks with health experts predicting the fight isn’t over yet. Though many are optimistic that if people follow the regulations of stay-home, sanitizing hands and keeping social distance could be tremendous in lowering the rate of infection cases.
Trump’s announcement is seen as a way to divert his failures to prepare for the epidemic and using the WHO as a scapegoat. However there is need for reforms in the WHO but not at the moment with the Covid-19 crisis.
Charalotte Griffith is assignment Journalist at Chroniclex, Charalotte has covered Business, Politics and many other beats in her Journalism career and is currently living in Cleveland for more than 15 years. Charalotte has appeared periodically on national television shows and also has published her articles many regional publications such as Huffington Post and Mashable etc.