There have been a reported 2 million COVID-19 cases worldwide, doubling in just under 2 weeks. This news comes after Donald Trump cut funding for the World Health Organization (WHO). Donald Trump cut funding Tuesday, saying that “[WHO is] severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus.”
According to NPR, Trump said the WHO had “deprived the scientific community of essential data,” accusing it of failing to obtain virus samples.
In response, Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme, replied, “The virus was identified on January the 7th. The [genetic] sequence was shared on the 12th with the world” (Chappell). Ryan explains how WHO reacted well to the coronavirus. About 15% of WHO’s money comes from the United States, which will drastically impact the coronavirus response. As said by NPR, the U.S coronavirus death toll has surpassed 26,000.
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Chappell, Bill. “’We Alerted The World’ To Coronavirus On Jan. 5, WHO Says In Response To U.S.” NPR, NPR, 15 Apr. 2020, www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/04/15/835179442/we-alerted-the-world-to-coronavirus-on-jan-5-who-says-in-response-to-u-s.
Feuer, William. “Global Coronavirus Cases Approach Two Million, Doubling in under Two Weeks.” CNBC, CNBC, 14 Apr. 2020, www.cnbc.com/2020/04/13/global-coronavirus-cases-top-two-million-doubling-in-under-two-weeks.html.