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The World Health Organization (WHO) emblem sits on a glass entrance door at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.

US withdraws from WHO with one-year notice

The World Health Organization (WHO) emblem sits on a glass entrance door at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.

President Donald Trump has formally withdrawn the United States from the World Health Organization, making good on threats over the UN body’s response to the coronavirus, a senator said today.

“Congress received notification that POTUS officially withdrew the US from the @WHO in the midst of a pandemic,” Senator Robert Menendez, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, wrote on Twitter.

US officials confirmed the notice of withdrawal not long after, noting that the organisation’s COVID-19 response was harshly criticised by President Donald Trump.

A State Department spokesperson and another official said the United States told UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that the WHO’s biggest contributor will leave effective July 6, 2021.