President Donald Trump announced that he would be withdrawing the USA from the World Health Organisation (WHO), due to their response to the Coronavirus pandemic.
President Trump believes that the WHO should be taking a harder stance towards China. As a result of the WHO being unwilling to act against China, Trump has announced America’s withdrawal from the organisation.
According to the president, all funding initially intended for the WHO will be distributed amongst other global organisations.
“We have detailed the reforms that it must make and engaged with them directly, but they have refused to act,” the president went on to say.
With the USA donating around $400,000 to the WHO, this sudden withdrawal of funds will have a serious negative impact on the WHO and all the various nations that depend on it.
The move itself has been heavily criticized by health experts who find the move not only unnecessary but also making the search for a solution to the COVID-19 pandemic just that much harder.
In a statement, the American Medical Association went on to disagree with the stance taken by the president as they stated that the withdrawal from the WHO “serves no logical purpose and makes finding a way out of this public health crisis dramatically more challenging.
“This senseless action will have significant, harmful repercussions now and far beyond this perilous moment, particularly as the WHO is leading worldwide vaccine development and drug trials to combat the pandemic” and went on to add that:
“COVID-19 affects us all and does not respect borders; defeating it requires the entire world working together.”
Trump has been threatening to pull out of the organisation as he shifted blame for America’s poor response to the pandemic to the WHO for not handling the matter more urgently and letting China get away without blame.
The World Health Organisation is standing on the ground that it gave countries enough time to prepare after announcing coronavirus as a global health emergency on January 30.