The World Health Organization has said it will temporarily drop hydroxychloroquine — the malaria drug Donald Trump said he is taking as a precaution — from its global study into experimental coronavirus treatments after safety concerns. Hydroxychloroquine has been licensed for use in the US since the mid-1950s and is listed by the WHO as an essential medicine.
President Donald Trump on Monday threatened to make the freeze on U.S. funding for the World Health Organization permanent. He also laid out allegations of “missteps” in the way the agency responded to the coronavirus in a letter he said he sent to the WHO’s leader. It accuses the organization of an “alarming lack of independence from the People’s Republic of China.”
U.S. President Donald Trump’s move to halt funding to the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic prompted condemnation on Wednesday from world leaders who appealed for cooperation and unity. The WHO, which is based in Geneva, had promoted China’s “disinformation” about the virus that likely led to a wider outbreak than otherwise would have occurred, Trump said.
Donald Trump has threatened to cut off US funding to the World Health Organisation – accusing it of “missing the call” on the coronavirus pandemic. The US president claimed the UN health agency has made errors of judgment in its handling of COVID-19. He also described the WHO as “very China-centric” – appearing to suggest the organization went along with Beijing’s efforts to minimize the severity of the crisis.
The appointment of Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador has been revoked by the World Health Organization. In a statement, the WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that he has listened carefully to all who have expressed their concerns. The appointment attracted criticism from various parties regarding the poor state of Zimbabwean health system.
Africa may be the most affected continent in Trump’s new order expanding funds to the abortion ‘gag’ rule. Trump’s version of the abortion ‘gag’ rule will impact $8.8 billion for programs including those related to AIDS and malaria. Defense department grants related to global health security will also be heavily impacted. This so-called rule will prevent American aid overseas from providing or discussing abortion and family planning.