Sabin Vaccine Institute condemns Trump administration decision to pull financial support from the World Health Organization; Urges reconsideration

Washington, D.C. – No other international agency is as connected, well-equipped and experienced as the World Health Organization (WHO) to guide countries as they respond to a pandemic. The United States’ rash call to halt funding to the WHO is short-sighted and misses the many essential aspects of the WHO’s work beyond COVID-19 response efforts, including vaccine development, treatment and testing, health workforce capacity-building, supply chain management, data collection and more. The Sabin Vaccine Institute joins Global Health Council and organizations across the global health and international development sector to publicly decry the administration’s threat to withdraw funds. The WHO’s programmatic work will be essential to overcome COVID-19 and continue meeting the broader health needs of populations equitably and effectively.

“Spite is not a strategy. Pulling funding from the WHO at this time is like shutting off the water while trying to put out a fire,” said Sabin’s President of Global Immunization, Dr. Bruce Gellin. “We may not only lose ground in COVID-19 response and coordination, but diseases that primarily impact the most vulnerable among us, such as measles, polio, cholera, HIV, typhoid, malaria and more could see losses that will be difficult to make up.”

“The WHO continues to play an indispensable role during the pandemic,” said Amy Finan, Sabin Chief Executive Officer. “Challenging its essential mission during this especially turbulent time could have deadly consequences, including burdening already stretched health systems, limiting access to essential vaccinations and cutting off frontline health workers’ supply of protective equipment. To save lives, we must prioritize unity and health equity and continue financial support of the WHO.”

Find the full statement and list of signatories here.

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About Global Health Council

Established in 1972, Global Health Council (GHC) is the leading membership organization supporting and connecting advocates, implementers, and stakeholders around global health priorities worldwide. GHC represents the collaborative voice of the community on key issues; it convenes stakeholders around key priorities and actively engages with decision makers to influence global health policy. Learn more at www.globalhealth.org. Global Health Council published “A Guide to U.S. Investments in Global Health: Transforming Communities Worldwide,” comprehensive consensus recommendations available at www.ghbb.globalhealth.org

About the Sabin Vaccine Institute

The Sabin Vaccine Institute is a leading advocate for expanding vaccine access and uptake globally, advancing vaccine research and development, and amplifying vaccine knowledge and innovation. Unlocking the potential of vaccines through partnership, Sabin has built a robust ecosystem of funders, innovators, implementers, practitioners, policy makers and public stakeholders to advance its vision of a future free from preventable diseases. As a non-profit with more than two decades of experience, Sabin is committed to finding solutions that last and extending the full benefits of vaccines to all people, regardless of who they are or where they live. At Sabin, we believe in the power of vaccines to change the world. For more information, visit www.sabin.org and follow us on Twitter, @SabinVaccine.

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