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United States to leave WHO next year

United States to leave WHO next year

Mubasher: The United States will withdraw from the World Health Organization (WHO) on 6 July 2021 after more than 70 years of membership.

The move comes amid escalating tensions between the US and China over the coronavirus pandemic, Reuters reported.

The WHO declined President Trump's claims that it promoted Chinese disinformation about the virus, which was first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year.

Currently, the US owes the WHO more than $200 million in assessed contributions, the statement read.

Last April, Trump halted funding for the 194-member international organisation, then in May, it gave the WHO 30 days to commit to reforms before announcing the United States' intention to quit less than two weeks later.

Since he was sworn into office, Trump has also quit the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the UN cultural agency, a global accord that tackles climate change, and the Iran nuclear deal, and has also cut funding for the UN population fund (UNFPA) and the UNRWA, a UN agency that aids Palestinian refugees.

To date, there have been around 12 million coronavirus cases and more than 540,000 known deaths worldwide, according to a Reuters tally, with about 25% of both cases and deaths in the United States.