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COVID-19: China to give WHO $30m after Trump freezes funding



China has said it will give another $30 million to the World Health Organization (WHO), to help in the fight against COVID-19.

This comes days after US president, Donald Trump, said he would freeze funding to the health organization.

Foreign ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, says the new donation would be in addition to an initial $20million and would help “strengthen developing countries’ health systems”.

He added that China’s contribution to the UN agency “reflects the support and trust of the Chinese government and people for the WHO”.

The US, which is the WHO’s biggest contributor, accused the organization last week of “mismanaging” the Coronavirus crisis.

While announcing the freeze last week, Trump accused the WHO of covering up the seriousness of the Coronavirus outbreak in China before it spread.

He has also accused the WHO of being “very China-centric” despite Washington’s heavy funding.

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