ACEP and EMRA Statement on U.S. Withdrawal from World Health Organization
June 4, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Following President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the World Health Organization (WHO), William Jaquis, MD, FACEP, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), and Hannah Hughes, MD, MBA, president of the Emergency Medical Residents' Association (EMRA), released the following statement:
“The WHO plays an essential role in monitoring global health threats and communicating and coordinating with international leaders on the best response. We need to utilize all of our resources including the WHO, during COVID-19 and future pandemics. Shutting the door to our allies during this precarious time could interfere with the development of a vaccine, hamper efforts to prevent the spread of the virus, and result in significant adverse public health effects on U.S. citizens and globally.
"As the world continues to battle against the great public health crisis of our lifetime, we’ve seen how what happens in the farthest reaches of the world can be at our doorstep in a matter of weeks. In times of uncertainty, we need to pull together as a global community.”
Jun 02, 2020
Joint Statement Supporting Clinician Health in the Post-COVID Pandemic Era
In order to minimize the loss of life from COVID-19 and its sequelae, and from other current and future public health threats, and to ensure future patient access to medically necessary care, it is vital that we work to preserve and protect the health of our medical workforce.