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Coronavirus: Trump's WHO de-funding 'as dangerous as it sounds'


<b>Coronavirus: Trump's WHO de-funding 'as dangerous as it sounds'</b>Bill Gates, a major donor to the global health agency, is among critics of Donald Trump's funding cut.
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The United States is the global health body's largest single funder and gave it more than $400m in 2019. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which is funding Covid-19 treatment and vaccine research, is the second-largest funder. To end this pandemic we'll need a free vaccine worldwide. Until we end COVID-19 transmission across the planet, we are likely to keep getting multiple COVID-19 waves --that is, rolling, recurrent outbreaks that will kill tens of millions of people worldwide. De-funding the World Health Organisation in the middle of a devastating global pandemic won't be beneficial to the United States. "Halting funding for the World Health Organization during a world health crisis is as dangerous as it sounds. 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.", Bill Gates posted on Twitter.  "It is the organization that helps the world prepare and respond to this. We're going to need the world to recover from Covid if we're going to get normalcy back.", said Tom Inglesby, director of Johns Hopkins University's Center for Health Security. There are now at least 70 COVID-19 vaccines under development. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will help fund factories ready to manufacture seven of the vaccine candidates currently under development, even though only one or two candidates are likely to be successful, a strategy that Bill Gates acknowledges will lead to billions being spent on the abandoned five candidates. The more vaccine development efforts there are underway, the greater the odds that a vaccine will be available in 12-18 months. Governments, philanthropies, academics, and industry should do everything they feasibly can to reduce those timelines further, --instead of making them longer. David Nabarro, a WHO special envoy, pleaded his organization’s case on NBC: "Every single human being in the world is affected by the coronavirus. Businesses are really in trouble. Communities are in distress. I really do hope that all nations will not find any reason to make threats or other such things that will undermine our capacity to bring together all the best knowledge that we can find", he said. No one knows Trump's real motives for taking a decision that is in contradiction with his January 24, 2020 tweet: "China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus. The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency. It will all work out well. In particular, on behalf of the American People, I want to thank President Xi!", he posted on Twitter then.

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