US politicians and medical experts criticize on the decision of Trump suspends payment of WHO’s fees & it started a new controversy.
US politicians and medical experts have expressed their opinions on April 14th, criticizing the decision of US President Trump suspends payment of WHO, the World Health Organization, saying that this approach has ulterior motives.
Trump announced on the 14th that the United States suspended the payment of dues to WHO. He said that the United States pays more than US $ 400 million in annual membership dues to WHO. As the main sponsor of the WHO, the United States has a responsibility to hold WHO accountable for its actions in the epidemic.
Patrick Leahy, the US Senator of Vermont and vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee of the Congress, issued a statement that day, in the epidemic of a century, suspending the payment of dues to WHO is like suspending the supply of ammunition to allies when the enemy approaches. As the number of deaths increased, Trump did not want to take responsibility and turned to blame others. WHO is performing important functions and needs strong support.
The President of the American Medical Association, Patrice Harris, said in a statement that combating the new crown epidemic requires international cooperation. The suspension of payment of dues to WHO at this critical moment is a dangerous step in the wrong direction. The statement strongly urged Trump to reconsider this decision.
Thomas Boliki, director of the Global Health Program of the American Diplomatic Society, said on social media that WHO played an irreplaceable role in the global response to the epidemic. In response to the crisis of the new crown epidemic, WHO basically handed in a good answer. The United States should strive to increase the efficiency of WHO, rather than weaken it in a crisis.
Lawrence Gostin, a professor of global health law at Georgetown University in the US, said on social media that suspending the payment of dues to WHO during the health crisis is an “indecent” approach, and as the epidemic spreads, the move will be fatal , Now more than ever, global cooperation is needed.
Jeremy Cornindick, a senior researcher at the Center for Global Development of the US think tank, believes that the US government has failed to respond to the epidemic, but announced the suspension of payment of dues to WHO. This is to divert attention and want to make WHO a scapegoat.