It's not so easy for the US to withdraw from WHO (2) U.S. Withdrawal From WHO Is Sad For Global Health And Bad For America

5 June, 2020

Thanks Chris,

WHO is indeed probably (even undoubtedly) the most important producer of health information in the world. As this news article by Madhukar Pal (Canada Research Chair of Epidemiology & Global Health at McGill University, Montreal) says: 'WHO is a global good resource that we simply cannot do without. The world needs an honest broker agency that can provide objective, science-informed advice on all health-related matters... At this time, the only agency that can play this role is WHO...'

Extracts below. Full text here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/madhukarpai/2020/06/03/us-withdrawal-from-w...

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Even as the coronavirus pandemic rages on, last week, on 29th May, President Trump announced: “We will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO) and redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs.”

In response, on 1st June, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO Director General responded with this statement: “The US government and people’s contribution and generosity towards global health over many decades has been immense, and it has made a great difference in public health all around the world. It is WHO’s wish for this collaboration to continue.”...

I have volunteered hundreds of hours of my time and expertise to the agency... What motivates me...? Because WHO is a global good resource that we simply cannot do without. The world needs an honest broker agency that can provide objective, science-informed advice on all health-related matters... At this time, the only agency that can play this role is WHO...

“You want a strong WHO? Then pay for it to deliver common goods,” said [Ilona] Kickbusch. I agree and have made the same argument. We simply cannot expect an under-resourced agency to deliver consistent, quality performance.

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Best wishes, Neil

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