European Union Urges All Nations to back World Health Organization

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FILE - In this Sunday, March 29, 2020 file photo, the Union Flag waves on the top of Foreign Office, against the backdrop of a closed and empty London Eye, due to the Coronavirus outbreak, in London. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali, File)

BRUSSELS — The European Union is supporting the World Health Organization. The EU is urging all countries to back the U.N. agency after President Donald Trump threatened to permanently cut U.S. funding.

European Commission spokeswoman Virginie Battu-Henriksson says global cooperation is “the only effective and viable option to win this battle.”

She says “this is the time for solidarity. It is not the time for finger pointing or undermining multilateral cooperation.”

In a letter to WHO’s director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Trump wrote the agency’s “repeated missteps” in its response to the pandemic have proven “very costly for the world.”

Trump’s threatened to cut U.S. WHO funding unless it commits to “substantive improvements” in the next 30 days.