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WHO Chief Appears to Take Dig at Trump's Threat to Freeze Funding

By Kyodo News 9 April 2020

GENEVA–The head of the World Health Organization on Wednesday appeared to hit back at US President Donald Trump’s suggestion that the United States may suspend its funding of the UN agency due partly to what the US leader has called its “China-centric” response.

“Please don’t politicize this virus… No need to use COVID to score political points,” WHO Director General Tedros Ghebreyesus told a press conference, without naming the United States.

The WHO chief also rejected criticism that his comments on China’s handling of the initial outbreak of the novel coronavirus, which is thought to have originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, were too favorable to Beijing.

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