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UN supports WHO and rejects U.S. cuts of funds

Christian Fernsby |
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres rejected the decision by the Government of the United States to suspend the funds to the World Health Organization (WHO) amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Topics: WHO    U.S.   

In a communiqué, the UN chief expressed support for WHO and noted that it is not the time to reduce the resources for the operations of that or any humanitarian agencies fighting against the new coronavirus.

The Covid-19 pandemic is one of the most dangerous challenges this world has posed in our life. It is above all a human crisis with serious health and socioeconomic consequences, Guterres stressed.

Thousands of WHO workers are now in the front line of the fight against the pandemic, supporting the UN member States and its societies, especially the most vulnerable, with guidelines, training, equipment and concrete services to save lives, he pointed out.

WHO must be supported in such actions, as it is absolutely fundamental in the efforts of the world to win the war against the novel coronavirus, the UN chief added.

'This virus is unprecedented in our life and demands an unprecedented response. Obviously, under such conditions, it is possible that the same events have had different readings by different institutions,' Guterres pointed out.

After we have finally turned the page on this epidemic, there must be time to look back and understand how that disease emerged and spread its devastation so fast all over the world, and how we all involved reacted to the crisis.

The lessons learned will be essential to deal with similar challenges effectively, as they can emerge in the future, the UN secretary general said.

But now is not the time, either to reduce the resources for the operations of the World Health Organization, he underlined.


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