China to give millions more to the W.H.O. after the U.S. halts funding.
The new Chinese donation was announced on Twitter by Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “At this crucial moment, supporting W.H.O. is supporting Multilateralism and Global Solidarity,” she wrote.
That funding follows another donation of $20 million in March, Ms. Hua said. U.S. donations to the organization have historically outstripped China’s: Of the $5.6 billion that the agency received in 2018 and 2019, the United States contributed about $893 million and China gave $86 million.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the W.H.O.’s director general, said on Wednesday that he recognized the importance of American funding both for the W.H.O. and in his native Ethiopia, where he had served as health minister.
He said that the money was important not only for global health, but also for the safety of the United States, and that he hoped Mr. Trump would restore the funding.
“I hope the freezing of the funding will be reconsidered and the U.S. will once again support W.H.O.’s work and continue to save lives,” Dr. Tedros said.
China’s announcement comes as it still works to control pockets of outbreaks, with several cities in the north introducing new epidemic prevention measures this week.
The scale of new cases appears modest: The Chinese state news media tallied dozens of new infections, all of which experts said were linked to the return of Chinese from Russia and the United States. Still, it is not clear that the spread has been entirely contained, and local governments put limits on travel and issued bulletins to increase vigilance.
For China, the new rules and the prospect of further spread are a reminder of this past winter, when a vast portion of the country’s cities were locked down. And for the rest of the world, it underscores how challenging it can be to control the contagion — even after the worst seems to be over.