Trump administration begins formal withdrawal from WHO

Washington: The Trump administration has begun the process of withdrawing the United States from the World Health Organization, a move that could hurt the U.N agency’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and reshape public health diplomacy.

The notice of withdrawal, effective July 6, 2021, was sent to United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

Under the terms of a joint resolution passed by Congress in 1948, the United States must give a year’s notice and pay its debts to the agency to leave.

Stephane Dujarric, a spokesman for Guterres, said the secretary general was 'verifying with the World Health Organization whether all the conditions for such withdrawal are met'.

It is not clear whether the president can pull the United States out of the organization and withdraw funding without Congress. When Trump first threatened to withdraw, Democratic lawmakers argued that doing so would be illegal and vowed to push back. Desk: Asianet Online