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On July 7, it was announced that the U.S. will officially withdraw from the World Health Organization (WHO). This move will weaken our collective ability to respond in a coordinated, global manner to the COVID-19 pandemic and affect our global health security. Speak up to oppose this decision and support the WHO!

QUICK LINKS

Tell Congress to stand with WHO: https://bit.ly/2RTY5im

Urge the White House to reverse this move and keep the U.S. in WHO: https://bit.ly/2zKfkg8

Learn more about what defunding WHO means for America: https://bit.ly/2zJJksx

SPREAD THE WORD ON TWITTER

Americans stand with the WHO

The World Health Organization makes the world, and America, safer. Period. Terminating our relationship is wrong. Tell @POTUS you stand with the @WHO: https://bit.ly/2zKfkg8

Ending America’s relationship with @WHO is reckless, especially during the global #COVID19 pandemic. Tell Congress to stand up for @WHO and oppose the White House’s move to back away: https://bit.ly/2RTY5im

Terminating the U.S.' relationship with @WHO will have extremely damaging and dangerous consequences for our collective global health security. Join us in telling the @WhiteHouse to reverse this move: https://bit.ly/2zKfkg8

Congress needs to act and stand up for @WHO! Let’s make sure Members of Congress hear from us in support of keeping the U.S. in the WHO: https://bit.ly/2RTY5im

The @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 to stand up for WHO: https://bit.ly/2RTY5im

WHO is Essential to Global COVID-19 Response

Since the onset of the crisis, @WHO has done what it was designed to do: mobilize scientists, share data and information, and issue guidance and recommendations for countries to follow. Here are the facts about its #COVID19 response. https://youtu.be/qHksVwOrpbE

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. https://youtu.be/qHksVwOrpbE

Without the work of @WHO, the world would have lagged behind in its response to #COVID19. That is why WHO has been invaluable in turning the tide against the pandemic. https://youtu.be/qHksVwOrpbE

After any complex global health crisis, @WHO and health leaders always look back to see how the response could be improved. But many of the current criticisms are misconceptions, so @BetterWorldOrg took a minute to clear them up. https://bit.ly/2XmJbEO

MORE ACTIONS

Launch your own petition supporting WHO

SAMPLE TEXT: I was extremely disappointed to learn that the Trump Administration has formally withdraw from the World Health Organization (WHO). Members of 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 WHO 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. From the onset 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. WHO is also the only agency in the world capable of coordinating unprecedented global trials on therapeutics and vaccines. The fact is terminating support for the World Health Organization in the midst of the greatest pandemic facing the world is dangerous and short-sighted. I hope that I can count on you to recognize why we must support WHO: Without combating the disease everywhere, all Americans are at risk.

FIND OUT WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING

American Medical Association

In the grip of a global pandemic that has already killed more than 100,000 Americans, severing ties with the World Health Organization (WHO) serves no logical purpose and makes finding a way out of this public health crisis dramatically more challenging. This senseless action will have significant, harmful repercussions now and far beyond this perilous moment, particularly as the WHO is leading worldwide vaccine development and drug trials to combat the pandemic. COVID-19 affects us all and does not respect borders; defeating it requires the entire world working together. In the strongest terms possible, the American Medical Association urges the president to reverse course and not abandon our country’s leadership position in the global fight against COVID-19.

American Academy of Pediatrics

“Withdrawing support from the WHO not only harms the global response against COVID-19 and prevents the United States from engaging the agency to enact meaningful reforms, but undermines the response to other major health threats impacting children. The American Academy of Pediatrics urges the administration to reconsider its position and continue to work with the WHO to combat COVID-19 and promote the health of children globally.”

Global Health Council

WHO provides critical leadership, expertise, and resources to countries around the world who may not otherwise have the tools to protect the health of their citizens. We must condemn this move to withdraw support to an organization which provides life-saving aid to so many. Additionally, we must insist the administration reconsider its position.

If you have any questions about the content in this toolkit or need more information, please contact Kelli Meyer at kmeyer@unfoundation.org.