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US to ‘terminate relationship’ with the World Health Organization

Donald Trump delivers remarks on China in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, 29 May 2020. Trump announced that the US would be ending cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO), after he criticized the WHO, and China, for a lack of transparency regarding the coronavirus pandemic. EPA/YURI GRIPAS / POOL

US President Donald Trump announced on Friday he was terminating the US’ relationship with the World Health Organization, on the day of the agency’s launch of a new ‘Solidarity Call to Action ,’ urging countries to collaborate and make COVID-19 related knowledge ‘global public goods.’

Why it matters. The Trump announcement came just an hour after the celebratory launch of the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Technology Access Pool (C-TAP), an initiative to increase access to knowledge needed to produce vaccines, tests, treatments and other health technologies to fight COVID-19. Some 37 countries have supported the call.

“Because they have failed to make the greatly needed and requested reforms, we will be today terminating our relationship with the WHO and redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs,” said Trump in a Friday press briefing.

His announcement came at the end of a lengthy tirade against China’s trade and economic policies, geopolitical ambitions, and it’s management of the COVID-19 virus. In the same breath, Trump also announced he was ending the US’ special relationship with Hong Kong over China’s handling of the pandemic.

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