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Last week on Tuesday, President Donald Trump announced that the U.S would withhold its funding of between US$400 million and US$500m of the World Health Organization’s total US$4.8 billion budget. He accused the WHO of mismanaging and covering up the COVID-19 outbreak. Trump’s primary complaint is that the WHO has been collaborating with China to underplay the current crisis. He’s also accused WHO of helping China cover up the emergence of the coronavirus in Wuhan late last year. Allegedly it’s reported that the WHO ignored Taiwan’s warnings about human transmissions of coronavirus.

Earlier this week, the South African government raised its concerns at Trump’s decision to cut WHO funding in the wake of a global health crisis that required full capacity World Health Organisation funding to provide support in combating the coronavirus pandemic.

The mistreatment of African’s in China could likely be one of the ripple effects of this blame game, with China sending a silent message to Africa to change its narrative about China’s handling of the coronavirus. However, with all this in mind, it is clear that Africa has a considerable number of states with poor and vulnerable health care facilities, and will be affected negatively by the current U.S-China spat.

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