Bill Gates ‘disappointed’ by US withdrawal from WHO Jun 05, 2020 0 1739 12345 DPANew YorkMicrosoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates has said he is “disappointed” by the United States’ withdrawal from the World Health Organization (WHO) amid the coronavirus pandemic.Gates would “certainly encourage” the United States to stay a member of the international body and “continue the support they provide,” he told a press conference on Wednesday.“If we need to improve WHO, that’s what we will do, but us staying together in WHO is critical. There will be another pandemic,” he said.Gates said he had not yet spoken to US President Donald Trump since he announced his country’s pullout from the UN agency last week, but said he planned to, “at least indirectly.” Gates added that he believed there was “a way to get past this.” The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is among the biggest private donors to the WHO and has been active in the fight against the coronavirus.In announcing the US withdrawal from the WHO, Trump accused the body of ‘failing to handle the pandemic’. RELATED ARTICLES Trump trying to ‘divide’ America, says ex-Pentagon chief Mattis Jun 05, 2020 0 3776 Brazil, Mexico see record deaths as virus rages across LatAm Jun 05, 2020 0 1805 Russian ecosystem needs decade to recover from massive diesel spill Jun 05, 2020 0 1278 Leaders pledge 8.8 billion dollars to fund global vaccine drive DPA LONDON International leaders on Thursday pledged 8.8 billion dollars at a donor summit for vaccine programmes to help the world’s poorest nations, exceeding their funding target. While the world’s attention is on .. France cancels Bastille Day parade, replaces with tribute to health workers AFP Paris France on Thursday cancelled the 2020 Bastille Day military parade due to coronavirus social distancing requirements, replacing it with a tribute to health workers fighting the pandemic. Rather than the .. France to transform surplus wine into hand sanitiser PARIS: French winemakers will transform wine that went unsold during the country’s two-month coronavirus lockdown into hand sanitiser and ethanol to make room for the next harvest, a farming agency said on Thursday. .. Trudeau says Canada winning virus fight, advises caution OTTAWA: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared on Thursday that Canada is winning the fight against the new coronavirus, with the latest data showing new cases in decline. But he also warned that the battle is not over .. Britain to require face coverings on public transport from June 15 LONDON: Britain will require passengers to wear masks or other face coverings on public transport from June 15 to curb the spread of coronavirus, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on Thursday, a move that a trade .. Twitter refuses to rule out suspending Trump’s account LONDON: A top Twitter executive on Thursday refused to rule out suspending Donald Trump’s account if the US president continued posting incendiary messages such as those about the George Floyd protests. Trump has .. Pompeo presses allies to fund Islamic State fight despite budget crunch AFP Washington US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday urged allies to make up a shortfall in funding to defeat the Islamic State movement despite a budget crunch after the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic. .. Protesters welcome new charges in Floyd killing but remain in streets AFP Minneapolis US protesters welcomed new charges brought on Wednesday against Minneapolis officers in the killing of African American man George Floyd -- but thousands still marched in cities across the country for a ..