Statement from José Luis Castro, President and CEO, Vital Strategies, on President Trump’s announcing U.S. withdrawal from the World Health Organization:
“This global emergency is far from over. The U.S. alone has lost 100,000 lives from this pandemic, a burden that is immeasurable to our health and our economy.
Any decision to terminate the U.S. relationship with the WHO will only stall the global collaboration and cooperation needed to control the virus. There will be plenty of time for assigning blame, but now is not that time. We cannot bear the risk of more lives at stake.”
“As Dr. Tom Frieden of our Resolves to Save Lives initiative stated earlier, ‘We helped create WHO. We are part of it. It is part of the world, and turning our back on WHO makes us and the world less safe. Now, China and every other country in the world will have a veto at WHO, and the U.S. won’t. This will make the U.S. more vulnerable.’”
“At this unprecedented time and in the months ahead, we must use every resource available to stop the spread of COVID-19 and the WHO plays a critical and life-saving role in our global response. We urge the administration to reconsider this decision.”