World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday that he regrets U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withhold funding for the organization as the U.S. has been a “long standing and generous friend to [the] WHO.”
He added that with the support and the money of the U.S. government and people, the WHO works to improve the health of many of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.
Dr. Tedros said that WHO is reviewing the impact of any U.S. funding withdrawal on the organization’s work and will work with other global partners to fill in any financial gaps.
Dr. Tedros added that despite Trump’s decision, the organization’s commitment to public health and serving all the people of the world without any fear remains “absolute.”
He also said that WHO is committed to work with all countries equally without regard to the size of their populations or economies.
The World Health Organization announced on Wednesday that the first United Nations solidarity flight took off transporting personal protective equipment, ventilators, and lab supplies to many countries across Africa.
The solidarity flight comes as a part of a massive effort to ship life-saving medical supplies to 95 countries across the globe, in conjunction with the World Food Program and other agencies.
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