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    Trump administration begins formal withdrawal from World Health Organization

    By Zachary Cohen, Sara Murray, Kylie Atwood and Vivian Salama, CNN

    Updated 2:50 PM ET, Tue July 7, 2020

    The Trump administration has notified Congress and the United Nations that the United States is formally withdrawing from the World Health Organization, multiple officials tell CNN, a move that comes amid a rising number of coronavirus cases throughout the Americas in the last week alone.

    Sen. Robert Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee tweeted the news Tuesday.


  • #2
    We are still going to carry World Health Organization information, reports, etc. on this site. We are an international site and we carry ECDC, W.H.O., US CDC, OIE and many others.


    • #3
      JULY 7, 2020

      The United States has formally notified the United Nations that it is withdrawing from the World Health Organization, following through on an announcement President Trump made in late May.

      The move, however, would not be effective until July 6, 2021, officials said — leaving open the possibility that, should Trump lose reelection, a Biden administration would reverse the decision.

      The withdrawal of the United States would plunge global health governance into the unknown, creating questions about the economic viability of the WHO, the future of the polio eradication program, the system for reporting dangerous infectious disease outbreaks, and myriad other programs that are as pertinent to the health of Americans as they are to people from countries around the world

      ... The WHO’s constitution does not include provisions for members to withdraw. But in 1948, after the United States joined the United Nations’ global health agency, Congress passed a joint resolution outlining the circumstances under which withdrawal could be achieved. It requires a member country to give the WHO one year’s notice of its intention to withdraw. It also stipulates that all outstanding dues must be paid before withdrawal.

      The United States is the WHO’s largest funder, contributing $426 million a year in the 2018-2019 budget period. The U.S. currently owes the WHO $203 million for 2020 and previous years.


      • #4
        Inside the Trump Administration’s Decision to Leave the World Health Organization

        Despite Trump’s declared exit from the WHO, officials continued working toward reforms and to prevent withdrawal. This week, they were told they must justify any cooperation with the WHO on the grounds of national security and public health safety.

        by Sebastian Rotella, James Bandler and Patricia Callahan

        June 20, 5 a.m. EDT

        Right before President Donald Trump unveiled punitive measures against China on May 29, he inserted a surprise into his prepared text.

        “We will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization,” he announced during a press conference in the Rose Garden.

        Most of the president’s top aides — and even some of his Cabinet secretaries — were blindsided.

        Just 11 days earlier, Trump had sent an ultimatum threatening to withdraw from the WHO if reforms were not enacted in 30 days.

        ... The official warned that reduced cooperation with the WHO will have “profound and severe repercussions.”

        Among the most immediate potential impacts: The move could for the first time cut the U.S. government out of the development of the seasonal influenza vaccine for the Southern Hemisphere, a process coordinated by the WHO in partnership with the United States. And the withdrawal from the WHO could impede access to an eventual COVID-19 vaccine if it is created overseas, current and former officials said.

        ... “To do this in the middle of a pandemic is breathtakingly dangerous,” said Nancy Cox, a former CDC virologist, who for 22 years led the agency’s WHO center on influenza surveillance and control.


        • JJackson
          JJackson commented
          Editing a comment
          Re. Seasonal flu vaccine selection.
          Nancy Cox sat on the WHO advisory panel for many years as the CDC is one of 6 WHO influenza reference laboratories which recommend the strains for both the north and southern hemisphere vaccine. If the US are leaving then the CDC will loose its reference lab status and a seat at the table in future. The vaccine manufactures can make what they like but I would expect them to go with the WHO if they hope to sell internationally. The other five labs are in Russia, China, Australia, Japan and the UK.

      • #5

        Secretary Michael R. Pompeo At a Press Availability




        WASHINGTON, D.C.

        JULY 8, 2020

        MS ORTAGUS: Nick Schifrin.

        QUESTION: Good morning, Mr. Secretary.

        SECRETARY POMPEO: Hey, Nick.

        QUESTION: Thank you very much. Can we do WHO and Iran, if I could.

        SECRETARY POMPEO: Sure. Give it a shot.

        QUESTION: U.S. law mandates that the administration follow through on the financial pledges to the WHO before the withdrawal next year. Can you tell us how much the U.S. has paid of that and whether you intend to follow through on the commitments?
        SECRETARY POMPEO: I’m not going to talk about the second question. With respect to the first one, we provided notice yesterday to Capitol Hill of our intent to withdraw from the World Health Organization, something we had talked about. We had communicated to Congress, even in the informal process, that this was our intention. The President – we formally did that from the State Department yesterday consistent with the President’s guidance. We will work with Congress with respect to the appropriated funds. We’ll get it right. But the President has made very clear we are not going to underwrite an organization that has historically been incompetent and not performed its fundamental function.

        There’s a real focus on the failures that took place around Wuhan and the World Health Organization’s fundamental inability to perform its basic core mission of preventing a global pandemic spread. But don’t forget the history. This is an institution that got it wrong on SARS, it got it wrong on Ebola. The United States had to create its own system, PEPFAR, to do the work to prevent and come up with solutions to the HIV/AIDS problem. We did that. The United States did that.

        The World Health Organization has a long history of corruption and politicization. And it’s not that it doesn’t get some pieces of their program right. That’s certainly true. But on balance, this is an organization that has not been able to deliver on its core mission for decades.

        We tried, Nick, desperately, and we in fact got some reforms through back a handful of years ago. But the WHO leadership clearly has been unable to execute and implement them in a way that can prevent the kind of global pandemic that has destroyed hundreds of thousands of lives and cost the global economy trillions and trillions of dollars. That is not an organization that the administration has any intention of underwriting.
        "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
        -Nelson Mandela


        • JJackson
          JJackson commented
          Editing a comment
          Stopping pandemics is not the WHO's core mandate, I wish it were, but that is not what the the core budget funds nor is it what countries have been willing to sustain finances for. A system was instituted after 2005 H5N1 pandemic concerns but countries lost interest and de-funded it so it was not available when the Ebola outbreak occurred.

      • #6
        US re-joining W.H.O.

        Dr. Fauci says U.S. will remain a WHO member and join global Covid vaccine plan

        PUBLISHED THU, JAN 21 20215:35 AM ESTUPDATED THU, JAN 21 20217:21 AM EST
        Sam Meredith@SMEREDITH19

        KEY POINTS
        • Dr. Anthony Fauci’s comments came one day after President Joe Biden was sworn into office.
        • “This is a good day for WHO and a good day for global health,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.