Trump administration has cut off connection of the United States of America to the World Health Organization amid the continuously rising cases of COVID-19 in the country.
April 2020, Trump ceased US funding for WHO and revealed his suspicions about the organization favoring China in its management of the pandemic and urged to do some modifications and improve its relations. The US president gave a 30-day ultimatum, that of which the organization did not comply to. It then resulted to an official announcement from Trump about “terminating America’s relationship with the World Health Organization” and redirecting the budget somewhere else.
Trump has relentlessly expressed his disdain with China, calling the coronavirus ‘China virus’ multiple times. And now with his allegations against the WHO, America is in danger of being entirely helpless in its handling of the virus.
A letter was formally sent to the WHO by the Trump administration to notify of the action taken. According to the organization’s policies, withdrawal requires an advance one year notice. It could push through if Trump is granted a second term in office in the upcoming November election, but if not, the succeeding president could take back the move and choose to remain associated. In this case, Joe Biden has the power to do so, which he promised during his campaign.
This change can impact both parties negatively. The United States is the top contributor of funds for the World Health Organization, while the latter is the biggest authority on healthcare for the entire world. Losing connection poses a danger to a lot of nations, largely to the United States general health status in the middle of a raging virus outbreak. Needless to say, it will have serious consequences if it gets realized, ones that the US president probably did not think through.