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IEA - Severing ties with WHO offers opportunity to “build something better”

IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon responded to Donald Trump’s announcement that the US will terminate its relationship with the World Health Organization 

“You can question his timing and motives, but Mr Trump’s decision to pull out of the WHO offers an opportunity to build something better. If the WHO cannot be reformed, it can be replaced.

“The world needs a politically independent organisation that is wholly focused on tackling infectious diseases. If the WHO is no longer able to serve that function, the money should be redirected to one which can.”

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Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs, is available for further comment.

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The mission of the Institute of Economic Affairs is to improve understanding of the fundamental institutions of a free society by analysing and expounding the role of markets in solving economic and social problems.

The IEA is a registered educational charity and independent of all political parties.

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