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Trump gives WHO ultimatum over Covid-19 handling

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US President Donald Trump has sent a letter to the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) threatening to pull US funding permanently over Covid-19.

The letter outlines a 30-day deadline for the body to commit to substantive improvements or risk losing millions of dollars and US membership altogether.

Addressed to WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the letter criticised the body’s response since December.

Mr Trump called the UN’s health body a “puppet of China”.

The president, who faces re-election this year and has himself been criticised for his handling of the pandemic, has blamed China for trying to cover up the outbreak and has accused the WHO of failing to hold Beijing to account.