With COVID-19 now affecting 193 countries, Congress needs to hear this is the wrong time to cut WHO funding.
During a global pandemic, I was alarmed to learn the U.S. Administration is planning to halt funding to the World Health Organization (WHO). With COVID-19 now affecting 193 countries, WHO is the only international organization capable of leading such a response.
Since the onset of the crisis, the organization is doing exactly what it was intended to do: mobilize scientists, share data and information, get essential supplies to where they are needed most, and issue guidance and recommendations for countries to follow. They are also training millions of health workers in countries least prepared for the deadly disease. If we leave the coronavirus to spread freely in these places, we would be placing millions at high risk, whole regions will be tipped into chaos and the virus will have the opportunity to circle back around the globe.
If we leave the Coronavirus to spread freely in these places, we would be placing millions at high risk, whole regions will be tipped into chaos and the virus will have the opportunity to circle back around the globe.
No surprise then that a recent poll found 75 percent of Americans put their trust behind WHO to lead on the global response.
There will be a time to determine what went right and wrong in the COVID-19 response, and WHO has welcomed that accountability. But now is the wrong time to cut off its funding. I hope I can count on you to do the right thing and support WHO.