President Donald Trump has formally started the process of withdrawing the United States of America from the World Health Organization (WHO), a few months after he stopped the funding to the organization.
Mr. Trump has been slamming the WHO for “covering up” the outbreak of Covid-19 leading to a global outbreak that has now become difficult to control.
He says WHO has “been in bed” with China, engineering the outbreak of Covid-19 and faking ignorance of its existence for it to spread so that WHO can get “something to do,” and get funding from countries.
“The W.H.O. really blew it. For some reason, funded largely by the United States, yet very China-centric. We will be giving that a good look,” Trump said in April.
Mr. Trump has always blamed China for “manufacturing” the virus and releasing it to the world. He has always referred to the virus as the “Chinese Virus”. He says WHO failed to obtain more information about the virus and that it consistently channeled out incorrect information about the virus.
As of July 7, 2020, the number of Covid-19 confirmed cases in the United States of America stood at 2,932,596 while the number of confirmed deaths stood at 130,133. Even as the process to withdraw from WHO goes on, WHO says it is worried about the rate of Covid-19 spread in the United States, saying the situation is moving out of hand.
As the cases in the US continues to spike, President Trump has said that schools must open and that students must be back in schools, a move that has been criticized by the majority of the Americans who say opening schools will lead to explosive Covid-19 cases in the country.
By losing the USA, WHO will be losing one of their major funders though the organization says the funds from other member states will be enough to run its operations.