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AMA statement on Trump severing ties with WHO

June 1, 2020

Topics: Quote of the Day

By Patrice A. Harris, M.D., M.A.
President, American Medical Association
AMA, May 29, 2020

“In the grip of a global pandemic that has already killed more than 100,000 Americans, severing ties with the World Health Organization (WHO) serves no logical purpose and makes finding a way out of this public health crisis dramatically more challenging. This senseless action will have significant, harmful repercussions now and far beyond this perilous moment, particularly as the WHO is leading worldwide vaccine development and drug trials to combat the pandemic. COVID-19 affects us all and does not respect borders; defeating it requires the entire world working together. In the strongest terms possible, the American Medical Association urges the president to reverse course and not abandon our country’s leadership position in the global fight against COVID-19.”

https://www.ama-assn.org…


Comment:

By Don McCanne, M.D.

President Trump’s effort to sever ties with the World Health Organization during this horrendous pandemic seems like it screams out for nonviolent resistance. Can’t we get anything right?

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About the Commentator, Don McCanne

Don McCanne is a retired family practitioner who dedicated the 2nd phase of his career to speaking and writing extensively on single payer and related issues. He served as Physicians for a National Health Program president in 2002 and 2003, then as Senior Health Policy Fellow. For two decades, Don wrote "Quote of the Day", a daily health policy update which inspired HJM.

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