Severing ties with WHO offers opportunity to “build something better”

In response Donald Trump’s announcement that the US will terminate its relationship with the World Health Organization, IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon says:

“You can question his timing and motives, but Mr Trump’s decision to pull out of the WHO offers an opportunity to build something better. If the WHO cannot be reformed, it can be replaced.

“The world needs a politically independent organisation that is wholly focused on tackling infectious diseases. If the WHO is no longer able to serve that function, the money should be redirected to one which can.”


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