Bloomberg: Germany and France reject Washington’s leadership in WHO reform efforts

Bloomberg News reported, Monday, that Germany and France are determined to prevent the United States of America from leading efforts to reform the World Health Organization.

Bloomberg quoted a German government spokesman as saying that Washington’s decision to withdraw from the World Health Organization was of its own free will, and that is why Germany and France do not grant a mandate to the United States to lead the UN reform efforts.

This issue was addressed during the Health Ministers’ meeting of the Group of Seven industrialized nations on August 6, Bloomberg said.

A French official, on condition of anonymity, said that France does not believe that a country that has announced its intention to leave the World Health Organization should lead the UN reform efforts.

In May, US President Donald Trump announced Washington’s withdrawal from the World Health Organization, accusing it of failing to deal with the Corona pandemic, and of being a puppet in the hands of China.

Trump also announced that he would halt funding to the World Health Organization, a move that raised alarm, including those of the United States’ allies.

Washington’s suspension of funding for the World Health Organization is expected to cause financial problems for the UN organization, given that the United States is the largest contributor to the organization, providing between 400 and 500 million US dollars in mandatory and voluntary contributions.