WHO members agree to review coronavirus response

World Health Organization member nations on Tuesday ignored President Trump’s letter demanding “major, substantive improvements” within 30 days, but agreed to conduct an “impartial, independent” review of the WHO’s coronavirus response.

Trump threatened in his Monday letter to permanently cut off U.S. funding to the organization, accusing it of failing to do enough to warn the world about the early outbreak in China last year. Trump said in his letter that a review by his administration found the WHO made “grossly inaccurate or misleading” claims about the coronavirus, and “consistently ignored credible” early reports about the outbreak, “including reports from The Lancet medical journal” in December.

The Lancet released a statement saying Trump’s claim was “factually incorrect,” noting its first articles on the coronavirus were published Jan. 24.

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