The U.S. is the most important funder of the WHO, contributing greater than 15% of its whole funds.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken introduced that his nation would pay the World Health Organization (WHO) $200 million by the tip of this month. The announcement is important as former U.S. President Donald Trump had begun the method of withdrawing the U.S. from the WHO, a course of stopped by his successor, President Joe Biden.
“Today, I’m pleased to confirm that by the end of the month, the United States intends to pay over 200 million in assessed and current obligations to the WHO,” Mr. Blinken instructed overseas ministers of U.N. Security Council member international locations, at a web based assembly to debate the response to the pandemic. External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar was additionally a part of the assembly.
“This is a key step forward in fulfilling our financial obligations as a WHO member and it reflects our renewed commitment to ensuring the WHO has the support it needs to lead the global response to the pandemic — even as we work to reform it for the future,” Mr. Blinken stated. The U.S. is the most important funder of the WHO, contributing greater than 15% of its whole funds.
Mr. Trump had pulled the U.S. out of the WHO which he had referred to as a “puppet of China”. This course of would have been full in mid-2021, however Mr. Biden halted and reversed it hours after assuming workplace final month.
“The United States believes that multilateralism, the United Nations, the World Health Organization, are essential not just as an effective international COVID-19 health and humanitarian response but also building stronger global health capacity and security for the future,” Mr. Blinken instructed his counterparts on Wednesday.
“We plan to provide significant financial support to COVAX through Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. And we’ll work to strengthen other multilateral initiatives involved in the global COVID-19 response – for example, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria,” Mr. Blinken stated.
The Secretary additionally stated all international locations should be held to their human rights obligations.
“No country should be allowed to use COVID-19 as an excuse to violate human rights or fundamental freedoms,” he stated.
In what had been presumably veiled references to China, Mr. Blinken referred to as for transparency on outbreak information, saying international locations ought to take part in “transparent and robust processes” in their prevention and response to well being emergencies.
“The ongoing expert investigation about the origins of this pandemic – and the report that will be issued – must be independent, with findings based on science and facts and free from interference,” he stated. Last week, a crew of consultants for the WHO had concluded a visit to China the place it conducted an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus.
The U.S. has been hit the worst by the pandemic in phrases of the variety of circumstances and the loss of life toll.