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Leaving the WHO Is No Way to Deal With a Pandemic

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on July 3, 2020
World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on July 3, 2020 Fabrice Coffrini/Reuters

The United States should abandon its misguided withdrawal from the World Health Organization and work instead toward reforming the institution. 

July 13, 2020

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on July 3, 2020
World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on July 3, 2020 Fabrice Coffrini/Reuters
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In my weekly column for World Politics Review, I argue that the United States should recommit to and bolster global health governance in the wake of the 2020 presidential election.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo formally notified the United Nations last week that the United States would withdraw from the World Health Organization. This imprudent step, taken in the midst of a rapidly accelerating pandemic, weakens global health at the precise moment it needs to be bolstered. It will endanger lives around the world while further shredding America’s tattered reputation as an enlightened global leader.

More on:

Public Health Threats and Pandemics

Coronavirus

World Health Organization (WHO)

U.S. Foreign Policy

Diplomacy and International Institutions

Read the full World Politics Review article here.

More on:

Public Health Threats and Pandemics

Coronavirus

World Health Organization (WHO)

U.S. Foreign Policy

Diplomacy and International Institutions

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