US WHO withdrawal a ‘setback for global cooperation’: Berlin

A member of the German Army adjusts the googles of a health professional outside the houses of employees of the Toennies factory. (File photo: Reuters)

The withdrawal of the United States from the World Health Organization is a “setback for global cooperation,” all the more devastating at a time when international action is needed to fight the coronavirus pandemic, Berlin said Wednesday.

“The global infection trend shows us that more international cooperation is needed to fight the pandemic and not less cooperation,” said German government spokeswoman Martina Fietz.

President Donald Trump had formally withdrawn the United States from the World Health Organization, making good on threats over the UN body’s response to the coronavirus, a senator said Tuesday.

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