Melinda Gates has slammed the United States. President Donald Trump cutting World Health Organization (WHO) funding at a time of coronavirus pandemics.
Melinda characterized Trump’s action as both dangerous and ridiculous.
She spoke to WHO on Wednesday as she revealed $150 million in additional support from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The funding is to help speed up the production of drugs, vaccines and public health programs to cope with the current outbreak of coronavirus.
Melinda Gates said that the WHO is “the agency capable of dealing with this pandemic.”
“De-funding the WHO makes absolutely no sense during a pandemic. We need a global coordinated response,” Gates, who co-chairs the foundation with the billionaire Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, said in a telephone interview.
“When you’re in a crisis like this, it’s all hands on deck.”
President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday a halt in U.S. funding to the WHO, saying it had “failed in its basic duty” in allowing the pandemic to take hold.
The Gates Foundation is the second largest donor to the WHO behind the United States.
Melinda Gates said earlier that cutting WHO funding in a health crisis was “as dangerous as it sounds”.
The WHO’s Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday he regretted Trump’s decision.
He said the organization was still assessing the impact and would “try to fill any gaps with partners”.
The philanthropic Gates Foundation’s new $150 million commitment brings its COVID-19 funding for the international response to date to $250 million.
Melinda Gates said any gap left in the WHO’s funding would be very hard for others to fill.