US President Donald Trump and his government have told Congress and the United Nations (UN) that they are officially withdrawing from the World Health Organization (WHO).
The move comes amid the spiking COVID-19 positive cases in the United States. Across the country, with a population of approximately 331m people, over 3 million cases with 133,000 deaths have been reported.
The withdrawal, which will be full by next July, has been criticized by medical associations, non-partisan legislators, advocacy groups and allies abroad.
On Tuesday, Joe Biden, a Democratic presidential candidate for the upcoming general election, said that he would reverse the withdrawal on his first day after taking office.
Senator Robert Menendez tweeted on Tuesday that Congress had received a notification that a POTUS official was withdrawing the United States from the WHO amid the pandemic. He added that this does not protect the lives or interests of the Americans, but leaves the Americans sick and alone.
A State Department official also confirmed that the U.S. notice of withdrawal from WHO was submitted to the United Nations Secretary-General.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said they have received the cancellation notice and are currently reviewing whether all cancellation conditions have been met.
In order to process such an application, conditions such as giving one year and full payment of the estimated financial obligations must be met.
According to CNN sources, the communication to the United Nations is very short and consisted of three sentences, which were informed about the correspondence and triggered a one-year withdrawal period.
In the midst of the current pandemic, which has killed more than 548,000 people on every continent in the world, WHO has worked to coordinate efforts to bring personal safety and medical devices, such as ventilators, to health care facilities that target coronavirus patients around the world.
And Trump and his government, who have accused the WHO of relying too heavily on China in this world pandemic, have been threatening to withdraw from the organization and stop funding since in mid-April – a move that now appears to be on the move.
Although many supported Trump’s claims against WHO to cite with China to cover up COVID-19, many have also condemned the decision to withdraw from the organization in the face of this global pandemic.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the deed was senseless, and Republican Senator Lamar Alexander said he disagreed with the decision. He said that if the administration has a specific recommendation for WHO reform, it should submit those recommendations to Congress, which will then work together to achieve them.
The head of the UN foundation described the decision as short-sighted, adding that it was unnecessary and clearly dangerous since the WHO had worked to distribute millions of personal protective equipment, millions of diagnostic kits and to coordinate global search efforts for a vaccine.
She suggested that by working in an institution like WHO, the US and other members could use their resources to make a difference.
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