Moussa Faki Mahamat the head of the African Union Commission on Wednesday condemned U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to freeze all funding to the World Health Organization (WHO).
He sent this on his twitter post saying Donald Trump’s decision is”deeply regrettable” and said the world had a “collective responsibility” to help WHO during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Today more than ever, the world depends on WHO’s leadership to steer the global COVID-19 pandemic response,” he said in a Twitter post. “Our collective responsibility to ensure WHO can fully carry out its mandate has never been more urgent.”
President Donald Trump last Tuesday blames World Health Organisation for the spread of COVID-19 in the US saying it opposed travel bans from China contrary to what he had wished and so he is suspending all funding to WHO. The US funding to WHO is around 15% of its total funding which falls between $400-$500 million and comparatively China contributes only $40 million annually.
“As the organization’s leading sponsor, the United States has a duty to insist on full accountability,” said Trump.
Trump’s decision has also been criticized by Germany, with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas saying the accusations against the WHO was “not helpful” at a time when closer international cooperation was a need of the hour.
“The virus knows no borders. We have to closely work together against COVID-19,” he said in a tweet on Wednesday.
Germany’s top diplomat said it was essential to provide more support to the WHO, especially for the development and distribution of a vaccine.