An anonymous European health official said Britain, France, Germany & Italy were discussing WHO reforms with the U.S. due to its closeness with China.
The main steps of this plan are to separate the WHO's emergency management mechanism so that it is not dependent on a single country's influence. Another step mentioned by the official is to change the WHO’s funding system to make it more long-term, rather than short term and dependent on funds from certain countries.
Finally, European countries are looking to increase their influence and activity in the WHO through these reforms.Reuters also reported that in June 2020, in a video conference, EU health ministers suggested that European countries were taking a stronger line and also seeking more European influence at the WHO in future. The German and French ministers reportedly told their colleagues an evaluation and reform of the WHO was needed.
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