The U.S. Government’s decision to withdraw from the World Health Organization (WHO) is dangerous and short-sighted, putting our ability to stop COVID-19 at risk and jeopardizing progress made on other diseases, including polio, malaria, measles, and HIV/AIDS.
Share your voice on social media using the suggested messages below to tell your community and decision makers that you stand with WHO and collaborative action. The suggested messages and graphics below can be used for individuals or institutions with I or We pronouns. Please tailor the messages to best fit your voice and platform using the assets below.
General Suggested Tweets
We need all countries to be part of @WHO to keep everyone, everywhere safe and healthy. #WeNeedWHO now more than ever to deliver on #HealthForAll. [attach graphic or GIF]
Leaving @WHO is dangerous and puts progress on #COVID19, polio, and more at risk. [I/We] stand with WHO to prevent, detect, and respond to global health threats around the world and deliver #HealthForAll. #WeNeedWHO [attach graphic or GIF]
#WeNeedWHO to stop #COVID19 around the 🌎. Since the onset of the crisis, @WHO has done what it was designed to do: mobilize scientists, share data and information, and issue guidance for countries to follow. Here are the facts about its COVID-19 response. https://twitter.com/WHO/status/1264901986178273282/video/1
From the onset of the pandemic, @WHO has been the leading authority on advising countries on how to respond to and limit the spread of #COVID19 worldwide. #WeNeedWHO now more than ever. https://twitter.com/WHO/status/1264901986178273282/video/1
Without the work of @WHO, the world would have lagged behind in its response to #COVID19. #WeNeedWHO to lead the global fight in preventing, detecting, and responding to COVID-19 around the world. [attach graphic or GIF]
.@WHO makes the world safer. Period. Leaving the World Health Organization during a global pandemic is dangerous and wrong. #WeNeedWHO. [attach graphic or GIF]
.@WHO plays a vital role in supporting countries to protect their citizens from public health threats, through coordination, developing vaccines, treatments and tests, training of health workers, and securing critical supplies. #WeNeedWHO now more than ever. [attach graphic or GIF]
No other organization can do what @WHO does to protect the health and well-being of everyone, everywhere around the world. #WeNeedWHO and their mission to deliver #HealthForAll during #COVID19 and beyond. [attach graphic or GIF]
No one is safe until everyone is safe. We can only beat #COVID19 and other threats to the world's health and well-being by every country working together with @WHO. #WeNeedWHO now more than ever, for a safer, healthier world. #HealthForAll. [attach graphic or GIF]
U.S.-Based Advocacy Suggested Tweets
It’s simple: in order to fight #COVID19, everyone, everywhere must have access to an eventual vaccine. Tell @POTUS the U.S. must work with @WHO. #WeNeedWHO #ACTogether https://youtu.be/rFUazT8nVIE
#COVID19 is the world’s biggest crisis in 75 years, one that requires the U.S. having a seat at the table. Speak up in support of joining the ACT Accelerator. #ACTogether #WeNeedWHO https://youtu.be/rFUazT8nVIE
Working together with the rest of the world is the best way to guarantee that Americans have access to an eventual #COVID19 vaccine. Ask Congress to join global vaccine efforts. #ACTogether #WeNeedWHO https://youtu.be/rFUazT8nVIE
.@WHO makes the world, and America, safer. Period. Leaving the WHO during a global pandemic is dangerous and wrong. @POTUS and @SecPompeo: #WeNeedWHO. [attach graphic or GIF]
After any complex global health crisis, @WHO and health leaders always look back to see how the response could be improved. But leaving now, amid a global pandemic, is dangerous and short-sighted. @POTUS, @SecPompeo, and Congress: #WeNeedWHO [attach graphic or GIF]
Terminating the U.S. relationship with @WHO will have extremely damaging and dangerous consequences for our collective global health security. Tell the @WhiteHouse #WeNeedWHO and should keep the U.S. as part of WHO. [attach graphic or GIF]
#WeNeedWHO now more than ever and Congress must act and stand up for @WHO! Tell your Members of Congress you support keeping the U.S. in the WHO to deliver #HealthForAll. [attach graphic or GIF]
.@WHO needs U.S. financial support to tackle #COVID19 and to continue its efforts to effectively fight diseases such as polio, measles, and HIV/AIDS. Tell Congress: #WeNeedWHO. [attach graphic or GIF]
Ending America’s relationship with @WHO is reckless, especially during the global #COVID19 pandemic. Tell Congress why #WeNeedWHO and to oppose the @WhiteHouse’s move to back away. [attach graphic or GIF]
Suggested Instagram Post
As we face a growing global #COVID19 pandemic, #WeNeedWHO now more than ever to prevent, detect, and respond to global health threats around the world and deliver #HealthForAll. [I/We] stand with @WHO. [Post GIF]
Suggested Facebook Post
As we face a growing global COVID-19 pandemic, we need the @World Health Organization now more than ever. [I/We] support WHO to prevent, detect, and respond to global health threats around the world and deliver health and well-being for everyone, everywhere. #SupportWHO #HealthForAll #WeNeedWHO [attach We Support WHO or I Support WHO Facebook graphics]
Suggested LinkedIn Post
As we face a growing global COVID-19 pandemic, we need the @World Health Organization now more than ever. [I/We] support WHO to prevent, detect, and respond to global health threats around the world and deliver health and well-being for everyone, everywhere. #HealthForAll #WeNeedWHO [attach We Support WHO or I Support WHO LinkedIn graphics]
A set of graphics and GIFs to accompany the suggested messaging below are available for download at the button below. We invite you to use whichever graphic or GIF best fits your voice and platform.
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Video 1: A Global Pandemic Requires a Global Response
Video 2: Let’s ACT and Beat COVID-19 Together
Video 3: WHO's Mission
Video 4: Working Together to Defeat COVID-19
Video 5: We Are Stronger Together
Additional Key Messages
- We’re in the middle of the worst pandemic since 1918. Now is the time to support the World Health Organization (WHO), which is the primary global organization tracking the spread of the disease across borders, leading a coordinated effort to develop a vaccine, and communicating information between scientists and doctors on COVID-19 cases around the world.
- The U.S. should not, and cannot, tackle COVID-19 and other global health threats alone.
- Terminating support for the World Health Organization in the midst of a global pandemic facing the world is dangerous and short-sighted.
- WHO is also the only agency in the world capable of coordinating unprecedented global trials on therapeutics and vaccines and global supply chains needed to prevent, detect, and respond to COVID-19 everywhere. We must support WHO: Without combating the disease everywhere, all Americans are at risk.
- From the outset of the pandemic, WHO recognized that testing needed to form the backbone of the global response, and they have distributed millions of pieces of protective equipment to doctors and nurses in the most vulnerable countries around the globe.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) is taking unprecedented steps to fast track the development of treatments and vaccines for COVID-19 with doctors and labs around the world. They are coordinating research among more than 100 countries, reducing the time taken to determine effectiveness of new treatments and vaccines by 80%.
- Global cooperation is the only way through the challenge of COVID-19 and the WHO is critical to bringing together all the partner countries. Choosing not to join the WHO-led ACT Accelerator program leaves the U.S. vulnerable.
- Global collaboration to test, treat, and vaccinate against COVID-19 together means getting back to normal faster.
- WHO is an essential part of ensuring everyone, everywhere is protected from diseases that limit progress and development. The health and well-being of everyone, including Americans, depends on a strong, well-funded WHO.
- WHO also needs U.S. financial support to tackle COVID-19 and to continue the organization’s efforts to effectively fight diseases such as polio, malaria, measles, and HIV/AIDS.
- Members of U.S. Congress, on both sides of the aisle, have consistently worked to fully fund the WHO, in keeping with a long tradition of U.S. leadership in global public health.
- The U.S. funds 1 in 5 core WHO positions, and American experts also make up roughly 20% of immunization-specific posts at WHO Geneva and regional levels. Defunding these positions, withdrawing these experts, or limiting their ability to fully engage with WHO at all levels will jeopardize American priorities to combat infectious disease threats that will cost lives and put Americans and American interests at risk. It will also undermine tremendous progress driven by U.S. investments in polio eradication and measles elimination.