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The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Thursday announced that the country will give the World Health Organization an additional $30 million, after donating $20 million in cash to WHO on March 11 to help fight the global coronavirus outbreak.

Why it matters: Some critics of the Trump administration’s recent call to suspend WHO funding argue that decision would increase China’s influence over the international organization.

  • Trump announced the 60-to-90-day hold on funding last week, accusing WHO of "severely mismanaging and covering up" the virus crisis.
  • China's financial commitment aims to "support its global fight against COVID-19, in particular strengthening developing countries' health systems," according to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying.

By the numbers: China gave the WHO $86 million in 2018-2019, Axios' Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian reports.

  • The United States, by far the largest single contributor, gifted $893 million in that same period.

What they're saying: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the agency under Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been “actively fulfilling its duties and upholding an objective, scientific and impartial stance," according to the Washington Post.

What's next: The WHO will hold a member meeting next month where Australia is anticipated to call for an international investigation into the pandemic’s origins.

  • Geng said China opposes the investigation, noting it would amount to “political manipulation and interference in the international collaboration” to stop the pandemic.

Go deeper... Poll: Americans' views of China darken dramatically

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How the U.S.-China consulate closures could impact espionage

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It is a universally accepted international convention that diplomatic facilities can be used as cover for espionage activities. But the system only works if states pretend not to acknowledge it.

The state of play: A decision last week by the Trump administration to shutter the Chinese consulate in Houston over allegations that China used it for spying set off a predictable diplomatic firestorm.

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CDC says some immunocompromised people can get fourth COVID shot

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in updated guidelines Tuesday that some immunocompromised people who have received either Pfizer or Moderna's COVID-19 vaccines will be able to get a fourth shot.

Details: People over 18 who are "moderately to severely immunocompromised" and have received three doses of an mRNA vaccine may get a fourth shot (of either the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccines) at least six months after getting their third Pfizer or Moderna dose, per the CDC.

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Scoop: Biden plan expected to include at least $500B for climate

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The White House is privately telling lawmakers the climate portion of President Biden's roughly $2 trillion social spending plan is "mostly settled" and will likely cost more than $500 billion, two sources familiar with the talks tell Axios.

Why it matters: A pricetag of $500-$555 billion is a huge number and, if it holds, would likely be the single biggest component of the sweeping package. It also isn't far off from the roughly $600 billion proposed when the bill was expected to cost $3.5 trillion.