US President Donald Trump’s decision to pull funding from the World Health Organisation (WHO), which he accuses of covering up the spread of coronavirus, has unleashed a global furore. The moment should be seized as an opportunity to rethink the UN body’s unsustainable funding model.

The agency charged with promoting international health has a proposed budget for the 2020-2021 biennium of $4.84bn — roughly equivalent to a fortnight’s funding of NHS England. Half of the budget comes from member states, led by the US’s $400m or so...

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