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School of Politics and International Relations

WHO spending 'risks alienating supporters' at crucial time, say critics

20 April 2020

Professor Sophie Harman, Professor of International Politics at Queen Mary, was quoted in the Daily Telegraph on how the World Health Organisation is facing criticism over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic and figures from its most recent financial reports, which show that it spent eight percent of its $2.2 billion budget on travel expenses, compared to four percent on medical supplies and materials. Professor Harman said: “Travel costs have been a public relations nightmare for the WHO, especially when they say they need more money from member states. It's hard to justify increasing its budget when everyone is flying business class.”

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