China to donate $30-M to WHO in fight against Covid-19

<p>Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying <em>(Anadolu)</em></p>

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying (Anadolu)

ANKARA – China has decided to donate an additional USD30 million in cash to the World Health Organization to support its global fight against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), an official said Thursday.

The decision announced by Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying on Twitter came amid growing criticism against the global health body led by US President Donald Trump.

Chunying said the donation would support WHO's fight against the global pandemic "in particular strengthening developing countries' health systems."

She also noted that Beijing had already donated USD20 million to the organization on March 11.

"At this crucial moment, supporting WHO is supporting Multilateralism and Global Solidarity," Chunying tweeted.

Trump had cut US financial support to the organization, criticizing its late warnings against the coronavirus pandemic that infected over 2.6 million people across the globe and killing more than 183,000.

WHO rejected the accusations and its chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he hoped that "the freezing of the funding will be reconsidered and that the US will once again support WHO." (Anadolu)