The UK will not follow Donald Trump by freezing hundreds of millions of pounds in funding for the World Health Organisation, Downing Street insisted today. The PM’s spokesman said the government believes the WHO has an ‘important role to play’ in the global response to coronavirus. The US president launched an extraordinary attack on the ‘China-centric’ UN agency overnight, putting $500million in funding on hold while an investigation is conducted into its handling of the pandemic. Mr Trump singled out what he called the WHO’s ‘dangerous and costly decision’ to argue against international travel bans to combat the pandemic. London’s divergence from Washington comes as Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab prepares to come face-to-face, via webcam, with the US president. He will represent the UK at a virtual G7 conference chaired by Mr Trump tomorrow afternoon, as Boris Johnson continues his recovery from coronavirus. President Trump announced yesterday (pictured) that he was halting all US funding to the World Health Organization over its response to the coronavirus pandemic Dominic Raab is due to stand in for Boris Johnson at a G7 conference call tomorrow The US move has sparked a backlash from Beijing, as well as health experts who insist it… Read full this story
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