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Now is not the time to undercut WHO efforts

Health agency's role crucial to ending virus pandemic

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a news conference in Geneva on Feb. 28.   © Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to pull funding for the World Health Organization, accusing it of being "China-centric" and lacking transparency. While the WHO does have flaws, now is not the time to jeopardize its efforts on the coronavirus pandemic. We must work closely together to stop COVID-19.

The number of infections continues to rise worldwide. The WHO is gathering data and advising member countries based on what researchers have learned about the virus. It is also coordinating international collaboration on clinical trials for treatments and the development of vaccines.

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