July 29, 2020

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The pandemic continues, and the world health crisis has yet to be abated. As the leading international organization to address and combat global public health concerns, the World Health Organization (WHO) has been at the forefront of changing the curve of the coronavirus. President Trump's decision to formally withdraw the United States from WHO, however, could take its toll in how the curve pans out. The President’s decision does more than hurt WHO by eliminating its number one financial contributor; it erases the U.S.’s access to the international body that produces the data and information relating to the treatment of COVID-19, among all of the other global public health crises and concerns. This removal of collaboration not only stagnates scientific progress, but also jeopardizes many more lives, jobs, and industries in the U.S. and abroad that have already been struggling from the effects of the pandemic. 

In this afternoon’s Zoom webinar, NYU DC Dialogues and NYU’s School of Global Public Health invited Dean Eileen Sullivan-Marx of NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing and President of the American Academy of Nursing, Dr. Georges Benjamin, Executive Director of the American Public Health Association, Dr. Chris Beyrer of the Dept. of Epidemiology at Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, and Dr. Chris Dickey of NYU Global Public Health to discuss the consequences of the President’s decision and to what extent these consequences will implicate not only health care, but numerous other industries too. NPR's Pien Huang moderated the discussion.

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Georges C. Benjamin

Georges Benjamin

Chris Beyrer

Chris Beyrer

Chris Dickey

Chris Dickey

Pien Huang

Pien Huang (Moderator)

Eileen Sullivan-Marx

Eileen Sullivan-Marx