Lisa Nandy (above), the Shadow Foreign Secretary, has criticised the funding cuts proposed by Donald Trump to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Trump has said that the United States planned to stop funding the organisation, although António Guterres, the UN Secretary General, criticised the timing and said it was “absolutely critical to the world’s efforts to win the war against Covid-19”.
Nandy said in a statement:
“President Trump’s cynical decision to play politics and to try to deflect blame for his handling of the pandemic in his own country puts us all at risk. We can only end this crisis here if we work together to end it everywhere.
As COVID19 has ripped across continents it has exposed our interdependence like never before. Now is the moment we must redouble our commitment to global cooperation. The Foreign Secretary should be leading a coordinated response to strengthen our international institutions and stop them from being undermined.”
The British Government didn’t comment on the US decision, but said that the UK was not planning to cut WHO funding. The largest funder of the WHO was the United States, with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation being the second largest funder and the UK Government the third largest.