The World Health Organization introduced on Wednesday the creation of a basis to faucet new sources of funding that might assist ease a possible money scarcity because it leads the worldwide battle in opposition to the coronavirus pandemic.
Announcing the creation of the WHO Foundation at a digital briefing, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus denied the transfer was associated to “recent funding issues”, saying it had been within the works for years.
President Donald Trump has threatened to halt funding from the United States, the WHO’s largest donor, after criticising its dealing with of the pandemic and accusing it of being China-centric. In a letter to Tedros final week, Trump referred to as on the UN company to provoke reforms inside 30 days.
Tedros informed a information convention the physique had warned “many times” a couple of pandemic lately. Countries had recognized gaps of their preparedness for preventing pandemics, however financing had not materialised, he stated.
“Finance these plans, and make sure that countries are prepared to fight – to finish the current one, but to prepare for the next epidemic, which may happen because we are still vulnerable,” he added.
Tedros stated this month that the WHO’s annual finances of round $2.three billion was “very, very small” for a worldwide company, round that of a medium-sized hospital within the developed world.
He additionally stated that the funding sources had been too unsure.
The WHO Foundation is being created as an impartial grant-making entity that may help the U.N. company’s efforts to deal with essentially the most urgent world well being challenges by elevating new funding from “non-traditional sources”.
Its founder Thomas Zeltner, Switzerland’s former well being secretary, informed Reuters he hoped for donations from excessive net-worth people in addition to firms and most of the people.
At the identical briefing on Wednesday, the WHO head of emergencies programme Mike Ryan reiterated that the physique suggested in opposition to utilizing hydroxychloroquine to deal with COVID-19 – a drug Trump has stated he takes.
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