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    Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus Top One Million Globally (171)

    The statement comes after the Trump administration has repeatedly accused WHO of a pro-China bias and has demanded a change in leadership.

    Republican Senator Lindsey Graham pledged to make sure the funding for the World Health Organization (WHO) is cut from Congress's next appropriations bill. He said he would "take the burden off the president" to apparently use his leverage as the chairman of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee to ensure that the global health agency no longer receives cash from the US. 

    "And the next appropriations bill, there's not going to be any money for the WHO. I'm in charge of the appropriations subcommittee. I'm not going to support funding the WHO under its current leadership. They've been deceptive. They've been slow and they've been Chinese apologists", Graham said.

    He said he does not think "they’re a good investment under the current leadership for the United States", stating that until "they change their behavior and get new leadership, it’s in America’s best interest to withhold funding because they have failed miserably when it comes to the coronavirus."

    ​Graham's comments arrived after Trump said during a coronavirus task force press briefing that "we're going to look at it" when asked about the possibility of withholding cash from WHO. The Trump administration has been repeatedly blamed the organization for being "very biased towards China", and has slammed Beijing for "concealment of data" and "massive coverups" amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. Amid the blame, Republican lawmakers are demanding that WHO changes its leadership.

    ​China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied wrongdoing, slamming "shameless efforts" to play the "blame game" and becoming one of the first countries to step out of the coronavirus-caused crisis with claims of over 90 percent of patients recovered from the disease. 

    Globally, the number of confirmed cases has surpassed 1,400,000, with over 390,000 in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University Resource Centre data

    Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus Top One Million Globally (171)


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