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France and Germany have expressed their backing for the World Health Organization (WHO) in fighting the coronavirus on Thursday, June 25, 2020, with Germany saying it will contribute some half billion euros in funding for the UN agency this year, the Singapore-based CNA broadcast network reported.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, talking at a news conference in Geneva, said the agency, widely criticized by the US, was getting all the financial and political support it needed, in effect saying that US President Donald Trump’s effort to defund it has been squashed by wealthy nations.

Trump had tagged WHO as a China puppet after praising it in January 2020 for its prompt action to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. He also commended China on January 25, 2020 for its excellent effort to contain the virus.

More than 9.44 million people have been reported to have been infected by the coronavirus globally and 481,672 have died, according to a Reuters tally.

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