Concerns about China’s influence don’t end at the WHO, experts say. They’re calling for sweeping reviews

Vancouver (Toronto Star) – As the world gasps at U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to temporarily pull funding from the World Health Organization, public policy experts say Ottawa should support a review of the organization’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and its relations with Beijing.

But such a review should not include following suit with the U.S. to pull resources, analysts warn.

On Tuesday, Trump announced the U.S. is temporarily halting funding to the WHO pending a review of its role “in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus.” He said the WHO accepted mainland China’s initial claims about the virus at face value and didn’t share all it knew about the pandemic.

“The WHO failed in its basic duty and must be held accountable,” Trump said at a White House news conference.

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By Jeremy Nuttall and Joanna Chiu 

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