Video conference of the G20 leaders was not held due to serious disagreements between China and the United States in the evaluation of the World Health Organization (WHO). The South China Morning Post wrote about it citing a source.
According to the interlocutor, the United States insisted that WHO should be responsible for combating the Coronavirus pandemic at an early stage. China, in response, allegedly flatly refused to discuss it. As a result, the meeting was suspended at the last minute. The organizers hope that the videoconference will take place soon, however.
On April 15, US President Donald Trump announced the suspension of WHO funding. The head of the White House accused the organization of spreading false information provided by China about the coronavirus. Trump recalled that in late January, the WHO leadership opposed the U.S. decision to limit flights to China in the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak. This, Trump said, was a missed opportunity to stop the pandemic at the beginning.
According to Bloomberg, Washington provides at least $400 million annually to WHO. Beijing recently decided to allocate $30 million to organizations to fight COVID-19.
- Coronavirus proliferation began late last year in China. Gradually, the infection spread to other countries. To date, almost three million cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in the world. Nearly 198,000 people have died. The US is the most affected country. The number of people there is over 925,000. Over 52,000 patients have died. In China, almost 83,000 people have fallen ill. More than four and a half thousand have died. The U.S. and Western countries assume Beijing underestimates the real statistics on coronavirus morbidity.
- In February, WHO said it was not necessary to close borders to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
- WHO has changed its recommendations for wearing protective masks several times during the current pandemic. Critics of the organization argued that this had misled millions of people and could have had fatal consequences in some cases.