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The Latest: Germany, France challenge US role in WHO reforms

A sign helps passengers to find the Cover-19 test center at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. From Saturday on Covid-19 tests are mandatory for passengers coming from a high-risk-country. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

BERLIN: Germany and France have challenged Washington’s role in leading talks over reforming the World Health Organization, citing the U.S. decision to quit the global body.

Germany’s Health Ministry said the issue was discussed during a call of health ministers from the Group of Seven leading economies Thursday.

In a statement Saturday, the ministry said that in view of the United States’ withdrawal from WHO, “Germany and France currently see no mandate for the U.S. to lead the WHO reform process for the G-7.”

“How can you be leading while you are leaving?” the ministry added.

The Trump administration, which holds the rotating presidency of the G-7 this year, has accused WHO of bowing to pressure from China in its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Published Date: Saturday, August 8th, 2020 | 03:16 AM

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