Thursday’s meeting coincided with the announcement by WHO Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge of a “very significant resurgence” of coronavirus cases in Europe.
German Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn said Germany intends to donate more than $ 560 million and equipment to WHO this year as the country takes over the Presidency of the Union European. New support for the WHO must first be approved by parliament, according to Spahn, who added that the government is optimistic about what will happen in early July.
France said it would donate around $ 100 million to a WHO research center in Lyon and make an additional contribution of $ 56 million.
End of American support
Last month, President Donald Trump announced that the United States would end relations with WHO, which he said was controlled by China. The first cases of COVID-19 were reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019.
“The French contribution is not intended to replace the American contribution,” said French Minister of Solidarity and Health Olivier Veran. “The French contribution is there to remind the World Health Organization that it can count on the friendship of the European Union.”
“Today we are getting all the support we need, politically and financially. Germany and France are long-time friends of WHO and global health, “Tedros said at a press conference.
“I deeply thank France and Germany for their leadership and support,” said the head of the WHO after the meeting.
“We have agreed that, more than ever, the world needs international leadership and cooperation,” he tweeted.
Today, @OMS, Germany and France are deepening their friendship. # COVID-19[FEMALE[FEMININE is a unique event that teaches us that we are one humanity and that neither of us is safe until we are all safe. We have agreed that, more than ever, the world needs international leadership and cooperation.
– Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) June 25, 2020
WHO depends on membership fees and voluntary contributions from more than 190 member states. In 2019, including mandatory and voluntary contributions, the United States provided an estimated $ 419 million to WHO, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.