The UK will announce a 30% increase in the UK’s funding of the World Health Organization, making the country the single largest national donor after the US leaves.
President Trump has called the WHO ‘corrupt’ and has given space for the UK’s leader to step in.
Johnson said at the UN General Assembly on Saturday via pre-recorded tape, that he will use funding to heal “the ugly rifts” that are damaging the international fight against coronavirus.
Johnson will announce £340m in UK funding over the next four years.
He said: “The U.K. supports the efforts of the World Health Organization and of my friend Tedros to explore the aetiology of the [coronavirus] disease, because however great the need for reform, the WHO is still the one body that marshals humanity against the legions of disease.
“And that is why we in the U.K. – global Britain – are one of the biggest global funders of that organization, contributing £340 [$433] million over the next four years. That’s an increase of 30 percent.”
Johnson then said: “After nine months of fighting Covid, the very notion of the international community looks tattered. We know that we cannot continue in this way. Unless we unite and turn our fire against our common foe, we know that everyone will lose.
“Now is the time therefore – here at what I devoutly hope will be the first and last ever Zoom UNGA – for humanity to reach across borders and repair these ugly rifts. Here in the UK, the birthplace of Edward Jenner who pioneered the world’s first vaccine, we are determined to do everything in our power to work with our friends across the UN to heal those divisions and to heal the world.”
Johnson said that the coronavirus “came out of left field, humanity was caught napping, let’s face it, we were woefully underprepared”.
President Trump has pulled the US from the WHO questioning China’s ‘transparency’ around the organisation.
“Chinese officials ignored their reporting obligations to the World Health Organization and pressured the World Health Organization to mislead the world when the virus was first discovered by Chinese authorities,” the President said.
“Countless lives have been taken and profound economic hardship has been inflicted across the globe.”
“The Chinese government, and the World Health Organization — which is virtually controlled by China — falsely declared that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission,” he said. “Later, they falsely said people without symptoms would not spread the disease.”
Tedros praised Johnson’s speech, calling it “powerful” and said he was “deeply grateful” for the commitment.
Share on your Social Networks