Germany does not want to assume WHO contribution losses

Photo: World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva (via dts news agency)
Photo: World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva (via dts news agency)

Berlin (dts news agency) – The federal government is not ready to compensate for the loss of premiums caused by the United States leaving the World Health Organization (WHO). This emerges from the government’s response to a parliamentary question from the FDP parliamentary group on which the newspapers of the “Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland” report in their Friday editions. “Should the US exit take effect, this would also have far-reaching financial implications, because the US has been the biggest financial supporter so far,” the answer said.

“In principle, however, Germany does not advocate for loss of contributions by other donor countries, this applies to all international organizations and both for compulsory contributions and for omitted voluntary contributions,” said State Secretary for Health Thomas Gebhart (CDU) in the answer. The USA officially withdrew from the WHO in early July. However, it will only become legally effective in one year.

US President Donald Trump had repeatedly made serious allegations of the WHO in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. The UN organization would have informed too late about the danger of the corona virus and is also under the control of the Chinese government. The FDP politician Jens Beeck called on the federal government to press ahead with reform of the WHO.

“International coordination must be improved, transparency strengthened and funding secured,” he told the RND. “Otherwise the next global health crisis will hit us just as unprepared, against better knowledge,” he said. Germany must be a pioneer in creating effective, global and crisis-proof health protection. “Development Minister Gerd Müller must also reverse his decision to give up bilateral development cooperation with countries in which Germany makes significant contributions to the health system and health-related infrastructure,” demanded the FDP politician.

Müller (CSU) announced in the spring that the number of countries receiving state development aid from Germany would be reduced from 85 partner countries to 60.