The USA will withdraw £400m of funding to WHO

Donald Trump is halting US funding to the World Health Organisation (WHO) over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
The America president said his government has deep concerns as to whether US funding has been put to the best possible use by the WHO.
During a press conference at the White House, Trump said the organisation had ‘failed in its basic duty and it must be held accountable’.
He accused WHO of promoting China’s ‘disinformation’ about the virus, saying this likely led to a wider outbreak of the virus than otherwise would have occurred.
The president added it wasn’t fair for America to contribute roughly £300m to £400m ($400m to $500m) to the WHO when China had given around £33m [$42million].
It comes after the US death toll reached 25,786 with 10,834 of these in New York.
President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House (Image: AP)
The deferral of payments is pending a review of the US government’s warnings about the coronavirus and China.
Trump said the outbreak would have been better contained in China and spared lives if the UN health agency had done a better job investigating reports coming out of China.
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The president said the world depends on the WHO to work with countries to make sure accurate information about health threats is shared in a timely manner.
He said the organisation must be held accountable for its apparent failings.
But, he said the US will continue to engage with WHO in pursuit of ‘meaningful reforms’.
During a press conference, Trump blamed the shortage of supplies in the US on the previous administration.
He said the ‘scariest day of his life’ was when he was told there was a 130,000 shortage of ventilators.
Trump said: “The scariest day of my life was about a month ago, when after a long day of meetings my team told me that we were going to be needing 130,000 ventilators.
“That we were short hundreds of thousands of ventilators. This is the system that we inherited.”
He later said 100,000 ventilators are in the federal stockpile which will be distributed to hospitals in need.
Trump also authorised local governors to choose when to end the lockdown in their states.
The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases across the world has reached nearly two million, according to data from John Hopkins University.
Earlier this week Trump praised himself over his response to coronavirus during a bizarre press conference.
He showed a a White House-produced ‘campaign’ style video and ignored the rising deaths in the US.
The president attempted to shame the likes of the New York Times for questioning his Government’s response to the pandemic with a compilation video celebrating its efforts.
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