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U.S. announces formal withdrawal from World Health Organization Updated: 2020-07-08 07:16:48 KST

The Trump Administration has formally started withdrawing the United States from the World Health Organization, delivering on its threats over the UN health body's response to COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the U.S. State Department, Washington on Tuesday notified the United Nations of its decision to leave.
This comes after President Trump expressed his intent to pull out of the WHO in May, blasting the institution as a tool for the Chinese government, in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is expected to deal a massive blow to the organisation as the U.S. is the WHO's largest single contributor, funding around 400 million U.S. dollars a year around 15 percent of the WHO's total budget in 2019.
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