The C.D.C. director disagrees with Trump freezing W.H.O. funding

The C.D.C. director disagrees with Trump freezing W.H.O. funding
  • Mr. Trump’s decision to halt funding for the W.H.O. amid a pandemic fueled widespread criticism of the U.S and could threaten diplomatic relations which have already be strained.
  • Dr. Redfield also reiterated that public health officials believe that more testing will be required as the nation looks toward an economic reopening.
  • Trump said the W.H.O., “willingly took China’s assurances to face value” and “pushed China’s misinformation.”

 

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Dr. Robert R. Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that questions about what the group did during the pandemic should be left until “after we get through this.”

His comments on the “CBS This Morning” program differs from  President Trump’s announcement Tuesday evening that he has ordered a freeze on American funding of the W.H.O., accusing the organization of being responsible for the health crises around the globe. He believes the W.H.O. would have contained the spread if they had listened to him on closing the border quickly.

Dr. Redfield emphasized on the good relationship which had been built over the years sighting their joint efforts to tackle the Ebola virus in Africa.

“We’ve worked together to fight health crises around the world. We continue to do that,” Dr. Redfield said.

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“So much death has been caused by their mistakes,” the president told reporters during a White House briefing. He said the W.H.O., “willingly took China’s assurances to face value” and “pushed China’s misinformation.”

Dr. Redfield also reiterated that public health officials believe that more testing will be required as the nation looks toward an economic reopening.

“This is going to be fundamental to maintain and contain cases as they occur and then make sure they have the health capacity to deal with this as we work to regain the confidence of the American public that it’s safe to go back to work,” Dr. Redfield said.

Moreover, Top leaders are at odds with Trump’s standing.  But while it is believed that there is the need for reforms, freezing fundings amid a pandemic will undermine the objectives of WHO to assist poorer countries get through the pandemic which will not be in the interest of Trump's government.

 António Guterres, the secretary-general of the United Nations, defended the W.H.O. and said it was “possible that the same facts have had different readings by different entities,” but he said that the middle of a pandemic was not the time to resolve those differences.

What should Trump do instead?

Mr. Trump’s decision to halt funding for the W.H.O. amid a pandemic fueled widespread criticism of the U.S and could threaten diplomatic relations which have already be strained.

 “Halting funding for the World Health Organization during a world health crisis is as dangerous as it sounds,” said  Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft who has donated the vast bulk of his fortune to supporting initiatives to bolster public health, wrote on Twitter.

“Their work is slowing the spread of COVID-19 and if that work is stopped no other organization can replace them. The world needs WHO now more than ever.”