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Trump’s WHO Exit Threatens Polio, Tuberculosis Fights Along With Covid

  • Polio eradication is among programs getting large U.S. funds
  • American secondees, collaborations with WHO also under threat

Global efforts to control polio and tuberculosis stand to suffer alongside the battle against the pandemic as a result of U.S. President Donald Trump’s plans to withdraw from the World Health Organization.

Trump’s decision last week to terminate the U.S. relationship with the global health body, about a month after he halted funding, leaves many unanswered questions. If he plans to withdraw all U.S. financing and expertise from the WHO, scientists fear a resurgence of deadly diseases the agency has spent years trying to destroy.