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Trump Administration’s Withdrawal From Global Health Efforts Could Lessen U.S.’s Leadership Role, Threaten Americans’ Health

Foreign Policy: Trump Is in a Coma on Public Health
Laurie Garrett, former senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations

“…[T]he U.S. government is increasingly withdrawing from global health efforts writ large. And the world has noticed. The governance of international health is already being organized in a manner less dependent on Americans — and less influenced by Washington. … Some Trump supporters may applaud saving a few million taxpayer dollars by cutting support of global health efforts and believe that other nations can, and should, handle outbreak threats. But America is a safer place precisely because of the depth of experience and wisdom its scientists and public servants have acquired from decades of engagement in health crises overseas. Stepping away from such engagements only signals to the world that the United States no longer cares about the health and survival of non-Americans. Americans should not be surprised if, because of their government’s actions, the leaders of global public health organizations start to care less about them” (5/21).

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