Norway allocates an extra 20 million kroner to strengthen WHO

Bent HøiePhoto: Terje Pedersen / NTB
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The Norwegian government plans to allocate NOK 20 million beyond its usual contribution to the World Health Organization (WHO).

“The pandemic has shown us the importance of a strong and well-functioning WHO. 

“Therefore, the government wants to contribute to the organization, not only through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ budget, as we have traditionally done, but now also over the Ministry of Health’s budget,” Minister of Health and Care Services Bent Høie (H) said at a press conference on Tuesday.

Thus, NOK 20 million will be allocated in addition to what Norway usually gives to the World Health Organization.

Høie emphasized that the funding isn’t aid. Rather, it’s money to strengthen the organization.

WHO’s global corona estimate

On Monday, the WHO estimated that 10% of the world’s population might have been infected with the coronavirus.

During the organization’s board meeting on Monday, WHO crisis chief Michael Ryan said that these were “the best estimates.”

The figures vary greatly from town to village and between different population groups.

If the estimate is correct, more than 760 million people have been affected by the coronavirus.

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