US President Donald Trump announced on Friday that the country will cut ties with the World Health Organisation, CNBC reported.
"China has total control over the World Health Organisation despite only paying $40 million per year compared to what the US has been paying, which is approximately $450 million a year," Trump said.
"The world needs answers from China on the virus. We must have transparency," said Trump, who has claimed the WHO is "China-centric" and blames the agency for advising against China travel bans early in the outbreak.
WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said that the agency declared COVID-19 a global health emergency on January 30, when there were only 82 cases outside of China and zero deaths, adding that "the world had enough time to intervene."
Trump recently said that if the WHO "does not commit to major substantive improvements within the next 30 days, I will make my temporary freeze of US funding to the WHO permanent and reconsider our membership in the organisation."
On Friday, Trump said the WHO "failed to make the requested greatly needed reform."
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