China donates additional $30 million to WHO


Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang introduced at a media briefing right here that the grant could be along with the $ 20 million beforehand supplied by China to WHO. "We need a structural fix for the World Health Organization".

While reassuring its support to the UN health committee, China urged the United States on Wednesday to fulfill its obligations and support the WHO's leading role in promoting world cooperation.

The United States, by far the largest single contributor, gifted $893 million in that same period.

Pompeo's comments came as last week President Donald Trump said the U.S. is looking into reports that the novel coronavirus, "escaped" from a virology laboratory in Wuhan city, the epicentre of the virus outbreak in China. We also work with countries to strengthen health systems and improve access to live-saving health services.

The Trump administration announced that the country would quit funding the organization on April 14, despite many in disagreement with the decision.

"At this crucial moment, supporting World Health Organization is supporting Multilateralism and Global Solidarity", Chunying tweeted.

On April 9, Pompeo said that the administration plans to reevaluate funding for the World Health Organization because it hasn't "accomplished what it was meant to deliver" in regard to the coronavirus pandemic. Its scientists have said that the virus probably was transmitted to humans at a meat market in Wuhan that butchered exotic animals, though Chinese officials have more recently cast doubt about its origins.

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This will be the fourth in a series of bills to address the health and economic hardships resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. However, that number could drop drastically, due to business closures related to COVID-19.

"Our donation is made out of support and trust of Chinese government and people for the WHO", Geng said, adding that "this is also our way of contributing to global public health and global efforts against the pandemic".

US President Donald Trump alleges that the WHO's angle is biased and tilted in favor of China.

We still don't have full transparency on COVID-19 pandemic from Chinese Communist Party, says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Bernie Sanders campaign co-chair Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) has called for using USA funding for the World Health Organization as leverage to demand transparency and counter Chinese influence.

By that time, over five million people from Wuhan were reported to have left for holiday destinations at home and overseas to celebrate the Chinese New Year, which many allege resulted in the spreading of the deadly virus worldwide.

Even the Iranian government, a close ally of Beijing, has expressed serious doubts about the officially-reported coronavirus statistics in China.

China has rejected charges that it mishandled the outbreak, saying it has been transparent and open about the spread of the virus.