As early as February, the Trump administration had already called for the slashing of the US contribution to the WHO from an estimated $122.6m to $57.9m [Kevin Lamarque/Reuters]

US President Donald Trump has threatened to freeze American funding to the World Health Organization (WHO), saying the international group had “missed the call” on the coronavirus pandemic, which has so far left more than 82,000 dead around the world.

Trump said on Tuesday that the international group had “called it wrong” on the virus and that the organisation was “very China-centric” in its approach, suggesting that the WHO had gone along with Beijing’s efforts months ago to minimise the severity of the outbreak.


Trump first declared that he would cut off funding from

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