The United States will send a payment worth over $200 million to WHO by the end of February, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Wednesday.
"Today, I am pleased to confirm that by the end of the month, the United States intends to pay over $200 million in assessed and current obligations to the WHO," Blinken said, speaking at the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday.
"This is a key step forward in fulfilling our financial obligations as a WHO member and it reflects our renewed commitment to ensuring WHO has the support it needs to lead the global response to the pandemic," the secretary of state added.
"The US believes that multilateralism, the UN, the WHO are essential, not just as an effective international Covid-19 health and humanitarian response, but also to building stronger global health capacity and security for the future," Blinken said.
Washington, he said, would also "provide significant financial support" to COVAX, the initiative to distribute vaccines to the world's poorest nations.
Donald Trump cut funding to the UN agency and began the process of withdrawal from the organisation after accusing it of being "China-centred," of "covering up the spread of the coronavirus," and of "buying" its director, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. China, the European Union, Russia, Iran and others slammed the US decision.