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France, Germany contribute $176 million to WHO amid organization’s conflicts with U.S., China

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Besides, France will supply 100 million masks to the WHO
17:40, 26 June 2020

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France and Germany contributed $176 million to the World Health Organization (WHO) as the U.S. broke ties with the organization and China gains influence over it, as Business Insider reported.

According to the message, Health Minister of Germany Jens Spahn contributed $560 million and his French counterpart Olivier Veran contributed $156 million. He added that France will supply 100 million masks to the WHO.

Meanwhile, Jens Spahn specified that money from Germany will be spent on tackling the coronavirus pandemic.

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The WHO head said he was grateful for the contributions of France and Germany.

"We are getting today all the support we need, politically and financially. Both Germany and France are long-standing friends of WHO," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

Earlier, U.S. President Donald Trump stated that the WHO refused to carry out the reforms it needs, and Washington is breaking all ties with this organization. Before this, Trump accused the WHO in the delay of the publication of information about coronavirus to suit the Chinese authorities and lack of seriousness about new virus and delaying of the declaration of the pandemic.

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Later, the European Union called on U.S. President Donald Trump not to break relations with the World Health Organization.

Meanwhile, Olivier Veran specified that French contribution "is not aimed to replace the US contribution" but it "is there to remind the World Health Organization that it can count on the friendship of the EU." And Jens Spahn stated that “isolated national answers to international problems are doomed to fail."

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