The infusion of half a billion euros to help fight the coronavirus pandemic would be the highest ever annual contribution to the WHO by Germany.

Germany will contribute more than €500 million ($561 million) in funding for the World Health Organization (WHO) this year, Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Thursday.

“We stand together in fighting global health problems,” Spahn said at a press conference in Geneva, adding that the aid infusion amounted to Germany’s highest-ever annual contribution to the WHO.

“We need a strong, transparent and accountable WHO today more than ever,” he said. “A WHO able to lead and coordinate the global response effort.”

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