OTTAWA | Hours after President Donald Trump announced that the United States was cutting ties with the World Health Organization (WHO), Canada reiterated its commitment to the UN institution on Friday and called for cooperation international.
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“We can only solve the most pressing global health challenges by working together. Today more than ever, we need a coordinated response based on accurate data. Our multilateral institutions are the backbone of this international collaboration, ”said Canadian Minister of International Development Karina Gould, in a press release.
“The international community can count on Canada to stay the course and be ready to help,” added the Minister. “Canada is looking forward to continuing to cooperate with all of the public health advocates who are working tirelessly to win the fight against COVID-19.”
Donald Trump has chosen to sever ties between the United States and the WHO, which he has accused of complacency with regard to China since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The President has said that he would redistribute funds usually earmarked for WHO to “other urgent and global public health needs that deserve it.”
The United States was the largest donor to WHO.
“Our government has made it clear that a post-crisis assessment is needed to learn lessons and improve the response to the global pandemic,” said Minister Karina Gould.
“That’s why Canada co-sponsored an EU-led resolution [Union européenne] to the World Health Assembly, calling for an independent and comprehensive review of the WHO response to the pandemic in a timely manner, ”she concluded.