Washington seeks new partners in the health sector.
The US State Department commented on the decision to withdraw from the World Health Organization.
“The United States has long been the most generous provider of medical and humanitarian aid to people around the world. This assistance is provided with the support of American taxpayers with reasonable expectations that it serves a practical purpose and reaches those who need it, the State Department said in a statement. – Unfortunately, the World Health Organization has performed extremely poorly not only in the COVID-19 situation but also in relation to other health crises in recent decades. In addition, WHO refuses to implement urgently needed reforms, starting with demonstrating its independence from the Communist Party of China.”
“When President Trump announced the US withdrawal from this organization, he made it clear that we will look for more reliable and transparent partners,” the Ministry emphasizes.
The State Department recalls that this decision comes into force on July 6, 2021, and the US government is working to find partners who will take over the functions previously performed by WHO.
The statement describes the next steps in connection with the US withdrawal from WHO and the redirection of US resources. For example, the balance of planned contributions to WHO for the fiscal year 2020 will be used to cover other contributions to UN entities partially.
Also, the United States will reduce its engagement with WHO by July 2021, including withdrawing the Department of Health and social services staff from WHO headquarters, regional offices, and country offices and assigning these experts to other positions. US participation in WHO technical meetings and events will be determined on a case-by-case basis.