The Lancet: Cutting Ties With Who Will Make Americans Far Less Safe
US President Donald Trump announced the country would sever its relationship with the WHO on May 29, one month after he halted US funding to the United Nations health agency over its alleged poor handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Trump administration notified the United Nations of its withdrawal from the WHO earlier this week.
The "unilateral action notifying the UN" violates US law, the commentary said, noting that the Trump administration "does not have express approval of Congress" to quit the organization.
The United States joined the WHO "through a 1948 joint resolution passed by both houses of Congress" and the decision to leave the body and terminate its funding violates a binding condition in that resolution, the article explained.
"The law mandates the USA must pay its financial obligations for the current fiscal year.
Because withdrawal could not occur until next July, the USA.
must pay its mandatory WHO contributions through the end of 2021," it said.
If Trump loses the presidential election in November, a new administration "could simply revoke the withdrawal upon taking office," it added.
"The WHO has unmatched global reach and legitimacy," the commentary said.
"The US administration would be hard pressed to disentangle the country from WHO governance and programs."
It noted that "there are 21 WHO collaborating centers at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and three at the National Institutes of Health, focused on US priorities."
报告指出，“在美国疾病控制和预防中心(CDC)和美国国家卫生研究院(National Institutes of Health)有21个世卫组织合作中心，重点关注美国的优先事项。”