The US President Donald Trump Has Officially Begun Withdrawing the USA from the WHO
Congress received formal notification of the president’s decision on 7th July, more than a month after the president announced his will to end the United States’ relations with the WHO and alleged that the organisation was working as a tool for China. The White House has said that the withdrawal will take place on 6th July, 2021.
Democrats have called the decision irresponsible and ill-considered, saying it comes as the COVID-19 pandemic is raging and that international co-operation is fundamental to confront the crisis. Senator Bob Menendez has said,” This won't protect American lives or interests – it leaves Americans sick & America alone. To call Trump’s response to COVID chaotic & incoherent doesn't do it justice."
Joe Biden has said he would immediately rejoin the WHO if he wins the presidential race. The former vice president has also stated in a tweet that Americans are safer when America is engaged in strengthening global health.
A WHO spokesman said the organisation has received formal notification but they have no further information at this stage.
The withdrawal comes as the US near 3 million cases of COVID-19 cases and more than 130,000 deaths according to John Hopkins University. Trump and his advisors have condemned the WHO for failing to press China to be more transparent about the severity and scope of the coronavirus outbreak.
Trump has even said that China has total control over the WHO, even though it contributes far less than the US to the WHO’s budget. The US has contributed approximately 450 million USD.
Critics say that Trump’s decision against the WHO is just a way to deflect the blame off his own mishandling of the outbreak- and one that will end up hurting the US.
The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee has said,” Deflecting blame onto the WHO won’t reverse the administration’s mistakes or undo the suffering our country has endured. The president needs to get serious about stopping this pandemic’s lethal spread by restoring our membership in the WHO, ramping up testing, and encouraging everyone to practice social distancing and wear masks."
Amanda Glassman, the public says,” The probability of a high lethality strain of influenza in the next decade or so is also significant”, she said corrective measures at the WHO are needed but can only happen if the USA stays engaged with the WHO.
Reporter : Jovan H