Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Berlin slams US over WHO



Berlin slams US over WHO

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
A symbol of the World Health Organisation at its headquarters in Geneva. AFP

Berlin slams US over WHO

Germany on Wednesday slammed the US decision to suspend payments to the World Health Organisation (WHO), as Angela Merkel’s spokesman underlined the country’s commitment to international cooperation.

US President Donald Trump announced the funding freeze on Tuesday, accusing the WHO of “severely mismanaging” the spread of the virus.

“Blaming others won’t help. The virus knows no borders,” German Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas wrote on Twitter.

“One of the best investments is to strengthen the UN, above all the under-financed WHO . . . in the development and distribution of tests and vaccines.”

Meanwhile, government spokesman Steffen Seibert said the WHO was doing “unbelievably important work”.

“The government is convinced of the need to support and sufficiently finance the WHO,” he added.

The US is the biggest contributor to the WHO, making payments of $400 million last year.

Trump accused the Geneva-based body of putting “political correctness above life-saving measures”.

The move sparked criticism across the world, and Berlin joined the chorus on Wednesday, with Seibert saying the pandemic was cause to “uphold our fundamental belief in the benefits of multilateralism”.

Foreign minister Maas, meanwhile, stressed the need for countries to “work together closely against Covid-19”.

Maas has previously taken aim at the Trump administration’s reaction to the virus crisis.

In an interview with Der Spiegel magazine last week, he said the US had “played down the virus for a very long time”.

“There really isn’t any dispute, even in the US, that many of the measures were taken too late,” he told Spiegel.

MOST VIEWED

  • PM imposes nationwide Covid restrictions, curfew over Delta scare

    Prime Minister Hun Sen late on July 28 instructed the municipal and provincial authorities nationwide to strictly enforce Covid-19 measures including curfew for two weeks from July 29 midnight through August 12 to stem the new coronavirus Delta variant. The instruction came shortly after he issued a directive

  • Two luxury hotels latest quarantine options for inbound travellers

    The Inter-Ministerial Committee to Combat Covid-19 has designated two luxury hotels as alternative quarantine options for travellers who wish to enter Cambodia through Phnom Penh International Airport – Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel & Residence and the Courtyard by Marriott Phnom Penh. In a notice detailing guidelines issued

  • Provinces on Thai borders put in lockdown amid Delta fears

    The government has decided to place several border provinces in lockdown for two weeks in a bid to prevent the new coronavirus Delta variant spreading further into community. According a directive signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen late on July 28, the provinces include Koh Kong,

  • China denies Mekong hacking

    As the US and its allies joined hands last week to expose what they allege to be China’s Ministry of State Security’s malicious cyber activities around the world, the attention also turned to Cambodia with the US Department of Justice claiming that four

  • US' Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines arrive

    The first batch of 455,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine donated by the US touched down in Phnom Penh on the morning of July 30. They are part of the total 1,060,100 doses the US has pledged to provide to Cambodia through the World Health Organisation-led (

  • Governor: Covid subsides in capital

    Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng said the Covid-19 situation in the capital’s 14 districts has eased, with only two districts still recording a high number of infections. “Transmission cases in all districts are dropping, though they are relatively higher Meanchey and Por Sen Chey.