AAFP Deeply Concerned About Funding Cuts to WHO During Pandemic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Statement attributable to:
Gary LeRoy, MD
President
American Academy of Family Physicians

“The decision to decrease financial support for the World Health Organization during the worst public health crisis in a century is a dangerous action which will impede worldwide efforts to fight COVID-19. This virus knows no boundaries. During this global pandemic, the WHO and other international bodies coordinate and provide invaluable data to track and mitigate the spread of disease, informing the response efforts worldwide. The American Academy of Family Physicians is deeply concerned about any action that would limit the United States’ support for the WHO during this uncertain time.”

Editor's Note: To arrange an interview with Dr. LeRoy, contact Megan Moriarty, 913-302-8627, or mmoriarty@aafp.org.

 

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