The majority of WHO funding comes from its Member States, intergovernmental organizations and development banks.
A viral video features pathologist Dr Ryan Cole, a known critic of COVID-19 measures and COVID-19 vaccines. Cole is an outspoken anti-vaxxer and has made various claims about mRNA vaccines. Logically, he debunked previous baseless claims he made about spike proteins, in which he claimed that COVID-19 mRNA vaccines caused permanent brain, kidney and heart damage.
In the viral video, Cole says, “WHO is a corrupt organization” and that “70% of its funding comes from pharmaceutical companies.” However, this statement is incorrect.
There is no evidence that the WHO receives seventy percent of its funds from pharmaceutical companies. According to the summary of WHO’s budget performance for 2020-2021, the organization’s largest funding came from member states, philanthropic foundations and development banks. Germany donated $721.3 million, the highest among member states. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland also donated $375.5 million and $349.1 million, respectively. No pharmaceutical company is directly involved in funding the organization.
In addition, in response to the question of WHO funding in the European Parliament, Ms Stella Kyriakides, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, on behalf of the European Commission, provided detailed information on funding for the year 2018-19. The WHO received 51% of its budget from Member States and 16% from the United Nations, intergovernmental organizations and development banks, 13% from philanthropic foundations and 9% from nongovernmental organizations. No pharmaceutical company is listed as a WHO donor or partner.
Given this evidence, it is clear that pharmaceutical companies do not fund the WHO. We therefore call this claim false, because the WHO receives a significant portion of its funding from its member countries, the United Nations and some banks, and not from pharmaceutical companies, as claimed by Dr. Ryan Cole.