Most of the money diverted will be used for vaccination and influenza surveillance of children. However, the US Agency for International Development will continue its plans to give the W.H.O. Supported his work in Libya and Syria and to eradicate polio in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The WHO. declined to comment other than directing reporters to statements made when the administration announced its intention to withdraw. At the time, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director general of the W.H.O., said the agency "regretted" Mr. Trump's decision. "The United States has been a long and generous friend of the W.H.O. and we hope that it will continue to do so," said Dr. Tedros.
On July 7, the Trump administration officially announced to António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, that the United States had withdrawn from the W.H.O. on July 6, 2021.
Members of the United States are required to give notice one year prior to cancellation and pay all dues owed. The United States, which has been the agency's biggest backer in the past, received 22 percent of the agency's budget, or about $ 120 million. It had already paid $ 58 million, officials said when the notice of resignation was served.
In 2019, the United States contributed approximately $ 553 million. This amount, which was well above the mandatory contribution calculation, included voluntary donations for purposes that the American government supports.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused the W.H.O. on Wednesday when he was ineffective and politically influenced in defending the Trump administration's rejection of a coordinated global initiative to spread a coronavirus vaccine.
At least 172 countries are negotiating to join the so-called Covax program. This is the only global effort by governments and manufacturers to approve and market a vaccine. So far, nine potential vaccines have been evaluated, and nine more are underway, according to W.H.O.