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WHO still owes 10.1 billion anti-epidemic funds Tan Desai appeals to all countries to unite in anti-epidemic

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), addresses the media during a press conference at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020 on the situation regarding to the new coronavirus. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

Tan Desai, Director-General of the World Health Organization, said that there was a shortage of funds. It is estimated that the relevant expenditures at the end of this year will be about 1.7 billion US dollars, and it is still owed 1.3 billion US dollars (about 10.1 billion Hong Kong dollars).

Tan Desai emphasized that this expenditure is to help the world. WHO’s anti-epidemic work will focus on providing technical and logistics support, especially in areas where the medical system is more vulnerable. He said that Friday is the 40th anniversary of the disappearance of smallpox from the earth, and stressed that the unity of all countries is more important than any period to defeat the new crown virus.

The United States is an important source of funding for the World Health Organization. President Trump earlier said that he would stop providing funding to the World Health Organization, accusing the World Health Organization of its anti-epidemic efforts.

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