BRITAIN yesterday distanced itself from President Trump’s decision to freeze US funding for the World Health Organization.
Mr Trump claimed the UN agency had “severely mismanaged” the virus crisis, accusing it of doing China’s bidding.
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The PM’s spokesman said: “The UK has no plans to stop funding.”
UN Secretary-General António Guterres said it was not the time to cut funds.
Microsoft’s Bill Gates added: “This is as dangerous as it sounds.”
The US’s estimated $500million (£300million) annual funding was halted pending a 60 to 90-day review.
Mr Trump said on Tuesday evening: “The WHO failed in its basic duty and it must be held accountable.
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“Had the WHO done its job to get medical experts into China to objectively assess the situation on the ground and to call out China's lack of transparency, the outbreak could have been contained at its source with very little death.
“This would have saved thousands of lives and avoided worldwide economic damage.
"Instead, the WHO willingly took China's assurances to face value.”
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