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Statement from José Luis Castro, President and CEO at Vital Strategies, on President Trump announcing the U.S. withdrawal from the World Health Organization:

“We are dismayed by yesterday’s announcement by the Trump administration to withdraw the United States from the World Health Organization (WHO). If it stands, this decision will have a detrimental impact on the United States and countries around the world during the current crisis and for years to come.

Since its founding and with continued contribution from the U.S., WHO has been instrumental in every global effort to eradicate and reduce the impact and spread of countless infectious and non-communicable diseases around the world. During this global emergency, WHO is playing a critical and life-saving role protecting billions from the spread of COVID-19 and its harms. Diligently gathering data and information, WHO’s rapid, evidence-based analysis and technical guidance are informing the global cooperation and response needed in order to control the virus.

Withdrawing from WHO does not serve the interests of people in the United States or anywhere in the world. We need WHO, we need it to be stronger, and it can be stronger with sustained U.S. presence and funding. With support and input from the United States, WHO can continue to save and improve millions of lives as it has been doing for more than 70 years.”

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