Trump issues ultimatum to WHO

Agency News

Washington, May 19 : US President Donald Trump has warned the World Health Organization (WHO) that it may defund the agency unless it commits to major improvements within the next 30 days. In a letter to WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Monday which he also uploaded on his twitter account, Trump blamed the UN agency of failing to contain the pandemic and promised to reconsider US membership of the organisation if the agency fails to do any course correction.

Trump had stopped US funding for the WHO in April after reviewing the agency’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Urging the WHO to make itself 'independent' of Chinese influence, the letter claims that the WHO consistently ignored reports of virus spreading in Wuhan in early December including one from Lancet journal. The letter claims that at the end of December Taiwan had communicated to the WHO that the disease was transmitted from person to person yet the agency failed to convey this to the rest of the world.

This warning by Trump comes at a time when he himself faces criticism for his handling of the pandemic as the United States currently the worst affected country having more than 1.5 million Covid-19 cases and at least 90,000 deaths, as per data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. (UNI)