We reported earlier that criticism of Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the World Health Organization was growing.
Now, Anders Nordström – who was acting-director of the WHO from 2006 to 2008 – has voiced his own concerns.
He told the BBC: “I think the risk we face now, with this announcement from the US, is that we will escalate in some way the global tension around what we have right now, which is the largest health crisis we’ve seen in modern times.
“And that’s very serious, because we need to have global cooperation, we need to have global solidarity, we need to be able to work together. This actually risks now escalating political tensions and I’m deeply concerned about that.”
The WHO itself and its current Director, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, are yet to issue a response to Trump’s announcement.