Sunday, May 17, 2020

Pres Trump: No Decision on WHO Funding; Wants Hospital Pricing Transparency, and Other Coronavirus Updates

President Trump on Saturday said no decision has been made on World Health Organization funding, and that a plan first reported by Fox News to restore 10 percent of funding is one of a number of ideas being considered.
“Tucker Carlson Tonight” reported Friday that the administration is on the brink of restoring some funding to the WHO, after pausing support last month amid an investigation into the U.N. organization’s alleged pro-China bias and its handling of the coronavirus outbreak.
According to a five-page draft letter to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus obtained by "Tucker Carlson Tonight," the administration will "agree to pay up to what China pays in assessed contributions" to the WHO.
But Trump, responding to Fox Business host Lou Dobbs on Twitter, said a final decision hasn't been made.
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Pricing Transparency As Part Of Coronavirus Relief
“Lou, this is just one of numerous concepts being considered under which we would pay 10% of what we have been paying over many years, matching much lower China payments,” Trump tweeted. “Have not made final decision. All funds are frozen. Thanks!”
The U.S. had been providing about $400 million a year to the WHO. If the U.S. does match China's contributions, the new funding level will be about one-tenth of that amount.
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