The Trump administration has notified Congress and the United Nations that the United States is formally withdrawing from the World Health Organization.
This move comes amid a rising number of coronavirus cases throughout the country over the past week.
Despite alleging that the World Health Organization “enabled” the Chinese government’s sweeping cover-up of the coronavirus pandemic’s origins, members of the GOP China task force urged President Donald Trump last month to reconsider his decision to terminate relations with the international body, arguing that the US can do more to affect change as a member.
Some have warned that withdrawal in the current environment could also interfere with clinical trials essential for developing vaccines, as well as efforts to trace the spread of the virus globally.
There are at least 2.9m cases of coronavirus in the US, and at least 130,546 people have died from the virus in the country.