U.S. will pay WHO more than $200 million in membership fees withheld by Trump

Newly confirmed U.S. Secretary of Recount Antony Blinken addresses journalists all the design by design of his first press briefing at the Recount Division in Washington, January 27, 2021.

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WASHINGTON — Secretary of Recount Antony Blinken talked about Wednesday that the US pays the extra than $200 million it owes to the World Health Group by the give up of the month, a transfer that reaffirms the fresh administration’s commitment to global smartly being.

“Here is a key step forward in fulfilling our monetary tasks as a WHO member and it displays our renewed commitment to creating particular the WHO has the beef up it desires to e-book the global response to the pandemic even as we work to reform it for the longer term,” Blinken told the U.N. Security Council all the design by design of a videoconference.

“The US will work with our companions all the design by design of the globe to broaden manufacturing and distribution skill and to broaden entry, along side marginalized populations,” Blinken talked about, in his first speech since becoming the nation’s high diplomat.

Blinken also identified as for his counterparts to fight misinformation on vaccines and to piece any relevant files on the origins of the coronavirus to investigators.

“The ongoing professional investigation concerning the origins of this pandemic and the epic that might possibly be issued can also restful be objective with findings in accordance to science and facts and free from interference,” Blinken talked about. “To better heed this pandemic and put collectively for the next one, all countries must always hang accessible all files from the earliest days of the outbreak,” he added.

Blinken’s remarks near as President Joe Biden works to address the unfolding coronavirus pandemic that has claimed extra than 2.4 million lives all the design by design of the enviornment and contaminated extra than 109.6 million, in accordance to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University. In the US, the coronavirus has contaminated extra than 27.7 million folks and killed no longer no longer as much as 488,295 folks.

In with out a doubt one of his first acts as president, Biden rescinded aged President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the United International locations’ smartly being organization, which is primarily primarily based entirely in Geneva.

In April, Trump talked about he suspended U.S. funding to the organization pending a review, citing what he known as “the World Health Group’s goal in severely mismanaging and holding up the unfold of the coronavirus.”

A month later, he announced his intentions to bewitch the U.S. from the organization amid the coronavirus pandemic, citing what he known as the WHO’s misuse of funding and its cosy relationship with China.

“China has complete management over the World Health Group, despite easiest paying $40 million per twelve months in comparison with what the US has been paying, which is approximately $450 million a twelve months,” Trump talked about.

In July, the Trump administration submitted to the U.N. secretary-fundamental its behold withdrawing the U.S. from the World Health Group by July 6, 2021.

In October, WHO Director-Total Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus talked about he hoped the US would reassess its decision to leave the WHO, adding that the coronavirus can’t be defeated “in a divided world.” 

“The problem will not be any longer concerning the money. It will not be any longer the financing that is the concern. It is with out a doubt the connection with the U.S. that is extra principal and its management in a foreign country,” Ghebreyesus told a virtual viewers at the Aspen Security Forum.