Europeans working with U.S. to restructure WHO, top official says

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Europeans working with U.S. to restructure WHO, top official says

European governments are working with the United States on plans to overhaul the World Health Organization, a top health official for a European country said, signalling that Europe shares some of the concerns that led Washington to say it would quit.

Edward Baran reports.

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Europeans working with U.S. to restructure WHO, top official says

European governments are working with the United States on plans to overhaul the World Health Organization, a top health official for a European country said.

It's a sign that Europe shares some of the concerns that led Washington to say it would quit.

The European health official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Britain, France, Germany, and Italy were discussing WHO reforms with the United States at the technical level.

The aim, the official said, was to ensure WHO's independence.

That's an apparent reference to allegations that the body was too close to China during its initial response to the coronavirus crisis.

The official said they're quote "discussing ways to separate WHO's emergency management mechanism from any single country influence." Reforms would involve changing the WHO's funding system to make it more long-term, the official said.

U.S. President Donald Trump has accused the WHO of being too close to China and announced plans to quit and withdraw funding.

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