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A ‘dangerous’ blow to the WHO, Trump Halt Funding

A ‘dangerous’ blow to the WHO, Trump Halt Funding

A ‘dangerous’ blow to the WHO, Trump Halt Funding

As the worst pandemic in more than a century consumes the world, the need for strong international institutions and coordination between countries has arguably never been more important.

A ‘dangerous’ blow to the WHO, Trump Halt Funding

But yesterday, President Donald Trump stunned the globe by announcing the United States would halt funding to the World Health Organization. The President, deflecting blame for his own handling of the pandemic, accused the WHO of mismanaging the spread of the coronavirus.

Trump’s move, which could strip the leading UN health agency of a big chunk of its budget, has been condemned as “dangerous” by experts.

In yet another wild White House news conference yesterday, the President backed off of his claim that he had absolute authority to reopen America and pledged to cooperate with the states, after governors banded together against what one described as Trump’s “very premature” plans to relax restrictions.

The President and the nation’s governors can argue all they want about who has the power to bring the country back online. But it seems the crisis won’t be ending any time soon.

A new study by Harvard researchers suggests that social distancing could last until 2022 if a vaccine isn’t found quickly. And one of the methods that could in theory get people back to school or work — antibody tests — also seems to be a long way off, scientists have told the White House.

THE LATEST NUMBERS

As of 6:30 a.m. ET, April 15

Global Cases

1,996,681

Global Deaths

127,590

Source: CNN

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