The White House has formally notified the United Nations that it is pulling the U.S. out of the World Health Organization, despite the surging number of COVID-19 cases in the country.
President Donald Trump froze U.S. funding for WHO in April, and a month later announced his intentions to drop out. He accused the organization of having a pro-China bias in its handling of the coronavirus outbreak and demands reforms.
Under WHO rules, any country leaving the organization must give one year’s notice. If Trump loses the November election, the next president could decide to remain.
U.S. health experts call the president’s action shortsighted, saying it destroys decades of cooperation in fighting all diseases. But Trump and other conservative critics of WHO accuse the organization of spreading what they say was Chinese misinformation about the coronavirus early in the pandemic.