The White House said that the United States will consider rejoining the World Health Organization if it ends corruption and its dependence on China.
On Friday, President Donald Trump had terminated America’s relationship with the global health body after accusing them of being "China-centric" on multiple occasions. Trump has accused the WHO of being China's "puppets" and helping them in sharing inaccurate information with the world about the deadly COVID-19 pandemic that has infected more than 6 million people globally.
“The WHO needs to reform. What the president said, if the WHO reforms and ends the corruption and ends the reliance on China, the US will very seriously consider coming back,” US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien told ABC News on Sunday.
The US, who contributed over USD 400 million to the World Health Organization, said that ti will instead spend the money on other international public health bodies.
“In the meantime, we’re going to take that USD 400 million that the US spends, compared to the USD 40 million that the Chinese spend on the WHO. And we’re going to make sure it gets to front-line health care workers, just like we’re doing with PEPFAR in Africa,” O’Brien said.
“The WHO isn’t saving lives for AIDS and HIV victims in Africa. It’s the United States and our generous taxpayers who are saving those lives in Africa. We’re not doing it through the WHO. We’re doing it as the United States of America,” he said.