US decides to hold contribution payments to WHO
The organization that first declared a health emergency due to COVID-19 was the World Health Organization (WHO). Being a victim of this global virus Trump, the president of US, declared that their contributions to the WHO would be put to a halt because of certain factors that have stirred more risk to the people of US.
President Trump to build pressure on WHO
President Trump did not hold back and blamed WHO publicly for not delivering the critical information related to coronavirus to the US in time. He also accused the organization of acquiring a solid demeanour for China centricity. These events, however, unfolded the new and much riskier chapter for the WHO as the most contributing country retreated from making any more contributions to the organization at this critical time. President Trump also emphasizes the pressure they are going to build for WHO as he stated that the hold on contributions would be for an extended period of time which clearly depicts a powerful action.
The US bags the position of the biggest assessed contributor this year again!
The charts below show that the US has been the biggest assessed contributor to WHO followed by China, Japan, Germany, UK, France, Italy, and Brazil. Even after withdrawing payment because of the recent events, the US is still the highest assessed contributor to the WHO.
Assessed contributions and voluntary supplementary assessed contributions
WHO is basically a funded organization where two types of contributions called assessed contributions, and voluntary supplementary assessed contributions are welcomed. When the countries contribute to this organization based on their country's total wealth and population, it is called an assessed contribution. In contrast, the second one is completely voluntary contribution that is made by some of the countries.
Infographic by: Statista.com