American Medical Association
Originally published 8 July 20
Here is an excerpt:
The joint statement builds on a previous response from the AMA made back in May after the administration announced its intention to withdraw from the WHO.
Withdrawal served “no logical purpose,” made finding a solution to the pandemic more challenging and could have harmful repercussions in worldwide efforts to develop a vaccine and effective COVID-19 treatments, then-AMA President Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA, said at the time.
Defeating COVID-19 “requires the entire world working together,” Dr. Harris added.
In April, Dr. Harris said withdrawing from the WHO would be “a dangerous step in the wrong direction, and noted that “fighting a global pandemic requires international cooperation “
“Cutting funding to the WHO—rather than focusing on solutions—is a dangerous move at a precarious moment for the world,” she added
The message regarding the need for a unified international effort was echoed in the statement from the physician leaders.
"As our nation and the rest of the world face a global health pandemic, a worldwide, coordinated response is more vital than ever,” they said. “This dangerous withdrawal not only impacts the global response against COVID-19, but also undermines efforts to address other major public health threats.”
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