In two years, Macron has multiplied by 8 the French contribution to the very incompetent World Health Organization
The World Health Organization has displayed its incompetence during the COVID 19 crisis: complacency towards the official lies of Communist China, successive contradictory words of order, suspicions of conflicts of interest. Well, this has not prevented France from planning to multiply its contribution to the international organization by eight, against all the principles of sound management of public funds.
The World Health Organization had already been criticized for having underestimated, at the beginning of 2020, the extent of the COVID 19 pandemic in order not to displease the Chinese government, which did not want anyone to look closely at the catastrophic management of the epidemic in China, between October 2019 and January 2020. A year later, the WHO has done it again by agreeing to publish a report on the origins of COVID 19 for which the experts of the international organization who went to Wuhan were completely corrupted by Chinese officials. It was a question of putting in an official text that was distributed worldwide that the origin of the virus had indeed occurred in an animal/human transmission.
The WHO defends the official Chinese thesis on the non-accidental origin of the virus
However, more and more intelligence specialists and doctors are coming to the conclusion that a laboratory accident took place. In particular, one should read the remarkable book by Professor of Medicine Joseph Tritto, who explains how the army was interested in the civilian program to create a vaccine against coronaviruses carried out in the now famous P4 laboratory in Wuhan; the Chinese army saw in it a potential for the development of biological weapons. However, when too many people are working on dangerous virus programs, leaks are possible. And this is precisely what happened in Wuhan at the end of summer 2020. No way, however, for China to let the WHO talk about such things. The report published on 28 March 2020 is therefore a soothing text, worthy of the great era of the Soviet Union and its lies on the international scene, peddled by the “useful idiots” – as Lenin called them – in the West.
France intends to contribute more and more to the WHO
Faced with the complicity between the WHO and the Chinese Communist Party, Donald Trump decided that the US would stop contributing to the WHO – a measure cancelled by his successor Joe Biden, known for his pro-China bias. Emmanuel Macron, on the other hand, did not wait for the arrival of a new American president. For the past year, he has been steadily increasing France’s involvement in the WHO.
The budget is divided between fixed contributions for member states, which represent almost 20% of the WHO budget (about one billion dollars), and voluntary contributions, for the remaining 80%.
Regarding the one billion in assessed contributions, each member state pays a percentage of the total amount. This share is calculated “according to the wealth and population of the country”, it says on the website of the organization. For the 2020-2021 budget, France is in sixth place (4.4% of the organization’s fixed budget), behind the United States (22%), China (12%), Japan (8.6%), Germany (6.1%) and the UK (4.6%). This means that France pays about 20 million euros.
This sum represents little compared to the commitments made by Emmanuel Macron and the French government in recent months.
160 million euros promised by Emmanuel Macron to the WHO, a budget multiplied by eight
As early as June 11, 2019, France had pledged to pay the WHO 90 million euros for the installation of the “WHO Academy” in Lyon. At a time when global competition is between universities and our academic institutions are under-resourced, one can really doubt the appropriateness of an operation that is more a matter of communication for the WHO than of serious and useful training programs, i.e. adapted to the local contexts of the learners. How besides will the operating costs of such an adventure be controlled …
On June 11, 2020, France announced its intention to contribute an additional $50 million to the WHO under the ACT Accelerator initiative to support the development of tests, treatments and vaccines against COVID-19 and to ensure equitable access. It will be appreciated that our country, which has not been competitive with the USA, Great Britain, Russia or China in producing vaccines, is instead finding money to participate in a global vaccine distribution program.
In June 2020, the French government announced its intention to deliver 100 million masks to the WHO. Not only that, but this was not without its own attraction, given that our country had been deprived of masks during the bulk of the epidemic wave, between January and May 2020. But we might as well say that we were buying a day’s worth of masks from China and then redistributing them. It is unlikely that it will be fabric masks made in France that will be sent. To give the reader an idea of the scale of the problem: France spends about 800,000 euros to charter an airlift of 5.5 million masks from China. In order to distribute 100 million masks, the French government has promised to roughly double its annual contribution to the WHO. If we add to the transport the acquisition of the masks and the logistics of their redistribution, we easily reach 20 million euros.
This is a staggering figure: 90 million for the WHO Academy, 50 million for the ACT Accelerator and 20 million for a mask delivery operation. That is 160 million spent in three snaps of the fingers at a time when the country is in debt for 115% of its GDP. And all this to finance a contested international organization.
It is time for the French Parliament, the National Assembly and the Senate, and the Cour des Comptes to take a closer look at all these government expenditures. Reports on France’s contribution to international organizations are too rare – dating from 2007, and 2015 respectively. Discussions in the framework of the finance laws are too constrained and generally push for spending.
Featured image: Emmanuel Macron and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the WHO, during a meeting in June 2019
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