Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves Trump, the World Health Organization and the Coronavirus.
Trump administration began the process of withdrawing the United States from the World Health Organization. The move could hurt the U.N. agency’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and other health issues which will reshape public health diplomacy.
The notice of withdrawal will become effective July 6, 2021. The notice was sent Monday to United Nations Secretary General António Guterres. Under the terms of a joint resolution passed by Congress in 1948, the United States must give a year’s notice and pay its debts to the agency in order to leave.
Then a group of more than 700 experts on global public health and law on called on Congress to push back against the plan, warning that “cutting funding to the World Health Organization during a global pandemic would be a dangerous action for global health and U.S. national interests.”
The letter was signed by former directors of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the executive director of the American Public Health Association, the president of the National Academy of Medicine, and university presidents and deans, said a U.S. pullout “will likely cost lives, American and foreign.”
The United States makes mandatory payments to maintain its membership in the World Health Organization in which also gives larger voluntary donations. This funding makes up about 15 percent of the agency’s budget.
The mandatory payment, known as the “assessed contribution,” may prove difficult for Trump to cut without congressional approval.
The impact of this withdrawal will also be felt at home. Without a seat at the table, the United States could be cut out of conversations about the coronavirus response, vaccine development or the next emerging threat.
The U.S. plan to cut ties with the World Health Oganization is broadly unpopular among America’s allies.
The withdrawal letter comes after months of criticism and threats from the Donald Trump himself.