Ireland is to quadruple its financial contributions to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Deputy Prime Minister Simon Coveney has announced.
The move comes after US President Donald Trump announced earlier this week that his country would halt contributions to WHO for what Trump described as mismanagement of the coronavirus crisis.
“Ireland strongly supports WHO in efforts to coordinate a global response to combat COVID19,” Coveney tweeted on Thursday (16 April), adding that “so many countries rely on UN expertise and capacity to save lives. Ireland is quadrupling our normal annual financial contribution to WHO for 2020 to €9.5 million.”
The increase in funding was welcomed by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom, who thanked Ireland for its continued support. (Samuel Stolton | EURACTIV.com)