Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson taking it to twitter announced that China has agreed to donate $30 million to the World Health Organisation (WHO) to help battle the deadly virus around the globe. Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying said that the donation was particularly aimed that strengthening the developing countries health systems and also mentioned that China has already donated $20 million to WHO in March. Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Geng Shuang said that the donation is addition to $20 million which would help strengthen the developing countries and their health systems. He also added that China’s donation to WHO amid the pandemic reflects the support and trust of the Chinese government and people on WHO. “Supporting the WHO at this critical time in the global fight against the epidemic is defending the ideals and principles of multilateralism and upholding the status and authority of the United Nations,” Geng said.
The US which is the biggest contributor of WHO has frizzed the contribution and has called the organisation for mismanaging the crisis of coronavirus pandemic. Trump also said that the UN body has called it wrong and always been ‘China centric’ in the crisis. According to Trump the US has donated WHO between $400 million to $500 million per year in contrast to China which could only contribute up to $40 million in a year. He also said that the deadly virus would have contained if WHO would have assessed the problem accurately in China. WHO rejected the accusations and its chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he hoped that “the freezing of the funding will be reconsidered and that the U.S. will once again support WHO.”
UN officials have asked Trump to reconsider his decision of cutting off WHO from donations which could be reversed in 60 to 90 days, for the sake of global public health to save lives. Beijing has also urged US to support WHO-led international action against the global outbreak after it cut off the funding; the reports have warned that US freeze have consequence for the other disease control programme of WHO around the globe.
China has so far, reported 82,798 cases and 4,632 deaths, although several nations feel the figures have been under reported. Over 2.6 million people have been infected while more than 181,000 deaths have taken place across the globe. The coronavirus cases have been reported in 193 countries and territories till date disrupting the economies of the world.