İrem GÖL -TDO- The US President Donald Trump sent a long letter to the WHO accusing the organisation for not being sufficiently independent of China in its management of coronavirus pandemic. In the letter, Trump told the WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanam Ghebreyesus “If the WHO does not commit to major substantive improvements within the next 30 days, I will make my temporary freeze of United States funding to the WHO permanent and reconsider our membership.”
Member States have issued a resolution which strongly supports the WHO and backs the leadership of the organisation after Donald Trump’s attack. The resolution was also supported by the Chinese president Xi Jinping. While the resolution said there needed to be an investigation into the global response to the coronavirus pandemic, it falls short on an international inquiry focused on China’s conduct of the outbreak.
The WHO did not officially answer the letter of the US President Donald Trump. However, the resolution which was backed by the Member States was an affirmation of the central role that WHO assumes on global health. The EU diplomats supported the WHO and urged all the other countries to do the same thing calling that “This is the time for solidarity.”