U.S. Official Signals Support For WHO Reforms At Organization’s Executive Board Meeting, Despite Trump’s Withdrawal

Bloomberg: Let the Detectives Do Their Work
“…France, Germany, and Chile have recently proposed strengthening the WHO’s rapid-response capabilities, enabling the United Nations body to dispatch researchers to countries as soon as new diseases appear. Numerous countries have voiced support for such reform, including Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, and Uruguay. At an executive board meeting of the WHO this week, U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health Brett Giroir said the ideas France and Germany floated in their report echoed earlier calls for reform from his country, which has pledged to exit the WHO…” (Lauerman, 10/9).

Health Policy Watch: United States Appears To Walk Back on Threats To Withdraw from World Health Organization — Calls For Countries To Adopt ‘Roadmap for Reform’
“The United States appears to be walking back on threats to withdraw from the World Health Organization — just as U.S. President Donald Trump is reported to be recovering from a bout with COVID-19 in Washington, D.C. Speaking at the first formal meeting of WHO’s Executive Board governing body to be convened since May, U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health, Brett Giroir, said that the U.S. had developed a ‘roadmap for WHO reform’ together with other members of the Group of 7 industrialized nations, suggesting that the U.S. would be pushing for uptake of those measures within the global health organization — rather than pulling out altogether…” (Fletcher, 10/5).

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