US formally withdraws from WHO amid coronavirus pandemic

In this file photo taken on June 25, 2020 US President Donald Trump gestures following a tour of Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin. (AFP)

President Donald Trump has formally withdrawn the United States from the World Health Organization, making good on threats over the UN body’s response to the coronavirus, a senator said Tuesday.

“Congress received notification that POTUS officially withdrew the US from the @WHO in the midst of a pandemic,” Senator Robert Menendez, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, wrote on Twitter.

US confirms notice of withdrawal from WHO

A State Department spokesperson and another official confirmed the news, saying that the United States told UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that the WHO’s biggest contributor will leave effective July 6, 2021.

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In April, President Trump announced a suspension of US funding to WHO because he said it had covered up the seriousness of the COVID-19 outbreak in China before it spread around the world.

According to Trump, the WHO prevented transparency over the outbreak and the United States – the UN body’s biggest funder which provided $400 million last year – will now “discuss what to do with all that money that goes to the WHO.”

“With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have deep concerns whether America’s generosity has been put to the best use possible.”

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In a related development, WHO on Tuesday acknowledged “evidence emerging” of the airborne spread of the novel coronavirus, after a group of scientists urged the global body to update its guidance on how the respiratory disease passes between people.

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