Trump Administration Withdraws from the World Health Organization

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during an event with students, teachers and administrators about how to safely re-open schools during the novel coronavirus pandemic in the East Room at the White House July 07, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Trump administration officially informed the United Nations on Tuesday that the United States is withdrawing from the World Health Organization, effective July 6, 2021. President Trump first announced that he planned to halt funding to the W.H.O. back in April, criticizing its "China-centric" response to the coronavirus pandemic. The withdrawal comes as the United States nears 3 million reported coronavirus cases and almost 540,000 COVID-related deaths worldwide. We'll discuss what led to the U.S's decision as well as the financial and global public health implications of the withdrawal.


Kelley Lee, Canada Research Chair in Global Health Governance, Simon Fraser University in British Columbia

Naomi Grimley, global affairs correspondent, BBC News