Dr. Jha: 'Incredibly Unwise' To Withhold Money From The World Health Org.
Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, tells Lawrence O'Donnell that President Trump's desire to walk away from the World Health Org. would leave the U.S. "looking weak" and damage the global effort to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Aired on 5/19/2020.
The director general of the World Health Organization Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus demanded governments not politicise the COVID-19 pandemic in response to US President Donald Trump's comments about cutting funding from the international body. Dr. Tedros, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO): "The United States of America has been a long-standing and generous friend to WHO and we hope it will continue to be so. We regret the decision of the president of the United States to order a halt in funding to the World Health Organization." Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization, said today: "There is an ongoing debate about the use of masks at the community level. WHO recommends the use of medical masks for people who are sick and those caring for them. However, in these circumstances, masks are only effective when combined with other protective measures. WHO continues to gather all available evidence and continues to evaluate the potential use of masks more broadly to control COVID-19 transmission at the community level."
#Covid19 The US president has criticised the World Health Organization for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Donald Trump has accused the agency of being "China-centric" and has threatened to cut funding.
Al Jazeera's Mike Hanna reports.
THAT, PULLED BACK FROM THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION WHICH BASICALLY ALLOWS CHINA AND CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY, TO DOMINATE THAT ORGANIZATION EVEN MORE. >> DOCTOR, WHAT IS YOUR READING OF THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION’S ROLE IN THIS SITUATION, AND WHAT WOULD IT MEAN FOR THE UNITED STATES TO WITHHOLD FUNDING AND OF COURSE, THERE’S SO SUCH THING AS PERMANENT. PRESIDENT TRUMP IS ONLY PRESIDENT UNTIL JANUARY 20th, AND POSSIBLY BEYOND THAT, WE DON’T KNOW. BUT CONGRESS HAS A ROLE HERE, TOO. SO THIS IS, AT MOST, A TEMPORARY WITHHOLDING OF THAT FUNDING. >> YEAH. SO LAWRENCE, THANKS FOR HAVING ME ON. FIRST OF ALL, I THINK THE IDEA OF WITHHOLDING FUNDING FROM THE MOST CONSEQUENTIAL GLOBAL HEALTH AGENCY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PANDEMIC IN A CENTURY, STRIKES ME AS INCREDIBLY UNWISE. NOT JUST FOR THE WORLD, BUT ALSO SPECIFICALLY FOR THE UNITED STATES. MUCH OF THE WORLD RELIES ON THE W.H.O.’S EXPERTISE AND GUIDANCE TO FIGHT DISEASE OUTBREAKS LIKE THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK. THE W.H.O. IS RUNNING THE SOLIDARITY TRIAL. AND THE IDEA THAT WE’RE GOING TO WALK AWAY FROM THAT WOULD LEAVE US LOOKING WEAK. I THINK OTHERS WOULD STEP IN WITH THE FUNDING. AND REALLY WOULD BE INCREDIBLY