The United States' Position Did Not Allow G20 Ministers To Adopt A Statement On Strengthening Who
The hostility of the United States to the world health organization (G20) prevented health Ministers of the G20 countries from making a statement in support of strengthening the WHO in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, The Guardian reported on Monday.
According to the publication, the draft communique intended to strengthen the coordinating role of WHO in the fight against the pandemic pointed to the need to protect the organization's employees directly dealing with the threat, and the importance of delivering medical supplies, including testing kits. The communique would also Express concern about the "lack of sustainable funding for WHO."
However, Deputy health Minister Eric Hargan, who represented Washington at the meeting, explained that the United States could not support the communique, and suggested that it should be limited to a brief statement.
As a result, the statement said, in particular, only that the pandemic demonstrated the "weakness of health systems" in different countries and the lack of preparedness to respond to events such as the current COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
At the same time, the newspaper points out, the statement does not refer to either the WHO or China, whose response to the pandemic was previously criticized in Washington.
The meeting was also attended by Spain, Singapore, Jordan and Switzerland, representatives of regional and international organizations, in particular, the world health organization and the World Bank.
Earlier, US President Donald Trump said that his administration is temporarily stopping funding WHO, while Washington is studying how the WHO responded to the crisis with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Also, in recent days, Trump has regularly said that China and VAZ could hide important data about the coronavirus, which spread around the world from the Chinese city of Wuhan.