Leading health experts have labelled Donald Trump’s decision to cut funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) as a “crime against humanity” and a “damnable” act that will cost lives.
Late on Tuesday Trump declared US funding would be put on hold for 60-90 days pending a review “to assess the World Health Organization’s role in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus”. The US is the single largest contributor to the WHO.
What is the ‘World Health Organisation’
A organisation focused on building a better, healthier future for people all over the world.
Working with 194 Member States, across six regions, and from more than 150 offices, WHO staff are united in a shared commitment to achieve better health for everyone, everywhere.
In relation to communicable diseases like influenza and HIV, and noncommunicable diseases like cancer and heart disease.
Role in relation to Covid-19
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen says her government’s efforts to fight Covid-19 have been so successful that the country may now be facing a broader rollback of its lockdown than originally planned.
Speaking to reporters in Copenhagen on Tuesday, Frederiksen said her Social Democrat administration will start talks in parliament immediately to decide how much more of Denmark’s economy can be opened.
“We’ve made it through the first half,” she said. “But it’s a very, very important principle that we don’t proceed too fast.”
On Wednesday, Denmark will release its youngest citizens from a month-long lockdown in a move that has already fueled considerable controversy.
Babies will return to daycare centers, kindergartens will open their doors, and primary schools will resume in-class lessons for children up to the age of 13. The government says the move, which follows signs that Denmark’s early Covid-19 restrictions paid off, will let parents focus on their jobs and keep the economy going. But the model has drawn a good deal of criticism.
Elisa Rimpler from the Danish Union of Early Childhood and Youth Educators (BUPL) said they were following all of the government guidelines, but conceded the task at hand was “extremely difficult.”
“That being said, the early childhood education and youth workers are not simply passive actors in this situation. BUPL helps the authorities make qualified decisions and find solutions to many complex issues,
“The Danish Model has proved to be strong in situations of crisis like this.”
Like many countries, Denmark’s response to the coronavirus has been driven by the ambition to “flatten the curve” of cases and limit acute pressure on health care services. But the early measures were also intended to buffer the economic impacts of coronavirus.