Coronavirus: South Africa alarmed at Trump cutting WHO funding

Coronavirus: South Africa alarmed at Trump cutting WHO funding

- The South African government has signalled its alarm at President Trump's decision to cut off the WHO

- The US leader has opted to freeze funding for up to three months in the midst of the coronavirus crisis

- America will now be reviewing the organisation's response to the Covid-19 outbreak

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The South African government says that the World Health Organization needs to work at full capacity with the coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc internationally.

Spokesperson for the Department of International Relations and Cooperation Clayson Monyela signalled dismay at the decision to cut funding at this crucial time.

"It is alarming that this very regrettable decision is announced as this deadly virus strikes Africa and the poorest and most vulnerable states. The WHO, as the lead UN agency, is mandated to promote health and to ensure universal health coverage globally, is tasked to lead global efforts to suppress the transmission and stop the Covid-19 pandemic.”

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With America providing the largest amount of funding to WHO (over $400 million in 2019), the decision to cut funding for the next 60 to 90 days has come at a critical time, BBC reported.

The US will be reviewing the WHO's response to the coronavirus outbreak, with Trump levying accusations of deadly mistakes and Chinese favouritism.

JacarandaFM reports that Monyela added the WHO's efforts to coordinate the international response to the virus needs global support.

"We believe that, more than ever before, the WHO deserves increased support from member states in particular to bolster its efforts to suppress transmission and stop the pandemic. Dirco is hopeful that the government of the United States will reconsider its decision and re-join the international community in fighting this pandemic.”

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