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Trump halts funding to WHO over promoting China’s 'disinformation' about coronavirus

12:08 PM | 15 Apr, 2020
Trump halts funding to WHO over promoting China’s 'disinformation' about coronavirus

WASHINGTON – United States President Donald Trump in a major move stopped funding to the World Health Organisation (WHO) blaming it of mishandling the coronavirus pandemic and promoting China’s disinformation.

Trump, at a White House press briefing, accused the WHO that it had “failed in its basic duty and it must be held accountable”. He said the world body promoted China’s “disinformation” about the Covid-19. He said that the organisation endorsed that human to human transmission of the virus was not happening without verifying the China’s claims about the infection through sources.

The decision would deprive the WHO from the biggest chunk of funding as the US is the leading donor by contributing over $400 million in 2019.   

The cutting off the funding is not a surprised decision as the president has been repeatedly firing salvos against the Geneva-based WHO as the health crisis deepened worldwide.

 “Had the WHO done its job to get medical experts into China to objectively assess the situation on the ground and to call out China’s lack of transparency, the outbreak could have been contained ... with very little death,” Trump said.

Trump said the US review of the WHO was likely to take 60-90 days.

The US death toll from COVID-19 crossed the mark of 25,700 on Tuesday, while the country has reported over 600,000 infections that disturb the respiratory tract and breathing procedure.

Following the outbreak, millions of Americans have lost their jobs while the economy is suffering as citizens are staying home and industries are closed.

“Now is the time for unity and for the international community to work together in solidarity to stop this virus and its shattering consequences,” he said.

Trump said Washington would discuss with global health partners what it will do with the millions of dollars that would normally go to the UNO’s specialized health wing.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 14 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 14, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 14 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 299.95 302.9
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76


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