US President Donald Trump has despatched a letter to the pinnacle of the World Well being Group (WHO) threatening to drag US funding completely over Covid-19.
The letter outlines a 30-day deadline for the physique to decide to “substantive enhancements” or threat dropping hundreds of thousands and US membership altogether.
Addressed to WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, it criticises phases of the physique’s response since December.
Earlier on Monday, Mr Trump referred to as the UN’s well being physique a “puppet of China”.
The president, who faces re-election this yr and has himself been criticised for his dealing with of the pandemic, has blamed China for making an attempt to cowl up the outbreak and has accused the WHO of failing to carry Beijing to account.
Chinese language international ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian mentioned Mr Trump was making an attempt to mislead the general public, smear China and “shift the blame for [the US’s] personal incompetent response”.
The US has greater than 1.5 million of the world’s 4.eight million confirmed circumstances of coronavirus up to now, with greater than 90,000 deaths.
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