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Bill Gates ‘disappointed’ by US withdrawal from WHO

DPA
New York
Microsoft 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’.