Trump officially pulls US out of World Health Organization amid pandemic – live

7.41pm BST

The personal protective gear that was in dangerously short supply during the early weeks of the coronavirus crisis in the US is running low again as the virus resumes its rapid spread and the number of hospitalized patients climbs.

A national nursing union is concerned that gear has to be reused, The Associated Press reports.

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Donald Trump announced in April that the US was halting funding for the World Health Organization, saying he didn’t trust the UN body and, essentially, accused it of being too cozy with China and being duped by the People’s Republic over the seriousness of the Covid outbreak when it emerged in Wuhan, China, last year.

At the time, my colleague David Smith reported, Trump was widely condemned for putting countless lives at risk over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Trump just formally withdrew the United States from the World Health Organization. What a shameful moment.

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