US formally informs UN of the decision to withdraw itself from WHO

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The Trump administration has now formally informed the United Nations of it's decision to withdraw the country from World Health Organisation. the decision came as a surprise to many as the tie with the global health body has been broken amidst the ongoing corona virus pandemic.

President Donald Trump stated that he was going to stop funding to the organisation in mid-April and publicly announced his intention to withdraw from the WHO in May. The US also accused the global health organisation of siding with China on the outbreak of the virus which originated in Wuhan, a city in China. the US alleged WHO of misleading the world, that resulted in deaths of over half a million people globally, including over 200,000 in USA alone. moreover, the US has been a party to the WHO constitution since June 21, 1948.

In May, President Trump said that China owns control over the World Health Organisation and alleged that the Chinese Government tried to cover up the origin of corona virus. The US serves as the single largest contributor to the WHO, providing over USD 450 million per annum. China's contribution to the global health body is about USD 40 million, one tenth of that of the US.

Senator Robert Menendez, the top democrat of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee tweeted that the congress has recieved notification that President Donald Trump has officially withdrawn the US from the WHO.

"I can say that on 6 July 2020, the United States of America notified the secretary general, in his capacity as despositary of the 1946 constitution of the World Health Organisation, of its withdrwal from the WHO, effective on 6th july 2020", Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN secretary-general said in a statement.