France and Germany expressed their backing for the WHO in fighting the coronavirus on Thursday, with Germany saying it will contribute some half billion euros in funding for the U.N. agency this year. By Reuters.



France's Minister for Solidarity and Health Olivier Veran, flanked by Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-general of the WHO and Germany's Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn, speaks during a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland, June 25, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, talking at a news conference in Geneva, said the agency, widely criticised by the United States, was getting all the financial and political support it needed.

More than 9.44 million people have been reported to have been infected by the coronavirus globally and 481,672​ have died, according to a Reuters tally.

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay, Joseph Nasr, Silke Koltrowitz and Matthias Blamont; Writing by Nick Macfie; Editing by Catherine Evans