The World Health Organization “is getting on with the job” to respond to the coronavirus pandemic in wake of President Trump’s announcement to withhold funding, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a media briefing on Wednesday.
“WHO is grateful to the many nations, organizations and individuals who have expressed their support and commitment to WHO in recent days, including their financial commitment,” Tedros said. “We welcome this demonstration of global solidarity because solidarity is the rule of the game to defeat Covid-19. WHO is getting on with the job. We’re continuing to study this virus every moment of every day, we are learning from many countries about what works and we are sharing that information with the world.”
WHO is assessing exactly how its programs will be affected by the loss of funding from the United States, Tedros said.
“We will do the assessment and then announce it officially,” Tedros said during the briefing.
“We will continue to work with every country and every partner to serve the people of the world, with a relentless commitment to science, solutions and solidarity,” Tedros added. “WHO has been fighting the pandemic with every ounce of our soul and spirit. We will continue to do that until the end.”
Some context: Trump announced Tuesday that he is halting funding to the WHO while a review is conducted.
Trump said the review would cover the WHO’s “role in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of coronavirus.”
Trump’s announcement comes in the middle of the worst global pandemic in decades.