As the Administration formally withdraws the U.S. from the World Health Organization, please tell Congress that this decision would cripple the global response to COVID-19.

I was extremely disappointed to learn that the Trump Administration has decided to formally withdraw from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Members of Congress, on both sides of the aisle, have consistently worked to fully fund the WHO, in keeping with a long tradition of U.S. leadership in global public health.

The WHO needs U.S. financial support to tackle COVID-19 and to continue the organization’s efforts to effectively fight diseases such as polio, malaria, measles, and HIV-AIDS.

From the outset of the pandemic, WHO recognized that testing needed to form the backbone of the global response, and they have distributed millions of pieces of protective equipment to doctors and nurses in the most vulnerable countries around the globe.

WHO is also the only agency in the world capable of coordinating unprecedented global trials on therapeutics and vaccines.

The fact is terminating support for the World Health Organization in the midst of the greatest pandemic facing the world is dangerous and short-sighted.

I hope that I can count on you to recognize why we must support WHO: Without combating the disease everywhere, all Americans are at risk.