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Pompeo suggests US funding to WHO to fight viruses in seven countries including Libya

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WASHINGTON, DC – US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo has suggested continued US funding to the World Health Organization programs to fight polio and Coronavirus in seven countries, indirectly recognizing the UN health agency’s key services in some areas.

Pompeo’s recommendation, according to a Bloomberg news report, comes after State Department officials informed the National Security Council that the WHO was central to the fight against Covid-19 or polio in seven countries.

the seven countries are Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Libya, Sudan, Syria and Turkey. In Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to Bloomberg, the programs at stake are for fighting polio and Coronavirus, while for the other five, it’s only for work on Coronavirus.

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump announced halt to the WHO funding and said the US would investigate into what he claimed the Geneva-based agency’s “role in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the Coronavirus”. The US pays $400 million to $500 million a year to WHO.

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