World Health Organization Chief Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has today revealed that the UN global health agency is running out of funds to combat the global coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Tedros made this revelation in the daily briefing on the global status of the virus in Geneva.
This update comes two months after President Donald Trump terminated the US relationship with WHO. The US president has accused the WHO of failing to hold Beijing to account for the coronavirus pandemic, an accusation the Organization vehemently denied and branded it as “Playing politics with health.” Previously, the US stood as the largest single contributor towards the WHO, contributing over “$400m in 2019”, about 15% of WHO’s total budget.
Since the outbreak of the pandemic in December 2019 in China, the global number of cases registered has hit over 19.92 million with more than 729,887 deaths, according to a Reuters tally. In a seemingly unfulfilled tone, the WHO boss revealed that the Organization was only “10% of the way” to funding the billions of dollars required to combat the virus.
“The coming three months present a crucial window of opportunity to scale-up the impact of the ACT Accelerator for global impact. However, to exploit this window, we have to fundamentally scale up the way we are funding the ACT Accelerator and prioritize the use of new tools. There is a vast global gap between our ambition for the ACT Accelerator and the amount of funds that have been committed,” Dr. Tedros said.
According to him, the number of funds required to accelerate the race for the provision of vaccines alone are considerably huge and yet to be secured. “For the vaccines alone, over $100 billion will be needed.” However, the Ethiopian former Health Minister was quick to add that “It is never too late to turn the pandemic around… through a concerted global effort.”
The World Health Organization has a membership of 194 States and was established in 1948 in Geneva, Switzerland, with the mandate to “promote health, keep the world safe, and serve the vulnerable.”