New WHO DG Tedros To Work For Bipartisan Support Of U.S. Global Health Funding

Associated Press: New WHO chief: Planned U.S. funding cuts not a ‘closed issue’
“The new head of the World Health Organization doesn’t believe the Trump administration’s calls to slash funding for international aid and U.N. agencies like his is a ‘closed issue.’ Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, an Ethiopian ex-health minister, said he was looking forward to further talks with the U.S., WHO’s biggest donor. ‘I wouldn’t take it as a final issue,’ he told reporters on Wednesday, the day after his election to a five-year term by WHO member countries. ‘I have worked with both Republicans and Democrats and if we can communicate with them the right way … I think we can also address that’…” (Keaten/Cheng, 5/24).

Reuters: New WHO head seeks U.S. bipartisan support for global health
“…Tedros said he preferred to see global agencies including WHO, the World Bank, GAVI, [the Vaccine Alliance], and [the] Global Fund as part of one ‘big envelope.’ ‘We need to expand the donor base … If we have as many countries as possible who can contribute, it could be any amount, I think that will help,’ he said. ‘By expanding the donor base, we help the health financing to have a kind of shock absorber’…” (Nebehay, 5/24).

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