Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Could this ultimately be good for American support of the WHO?

This bit from the story about Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the WHO jumped out at me:
“The United States’ notice of withdrawal, effective July 6, 2021, has been submitted to the U.N. secretary general, who is the depository for the W.H.O.,” a senior administration official said on Tuesday.

The departure would take effect sometime next year, should the United States meet established conditions of giving a one-year notice and fulfilling its current financial obligations, Stéphane Dujarric, a spokesman for the secretary general, António Guterres, said on Tuesday.
By withdrawing does that mean the U.S. will restore the WHO funding that Trump cut last April? Isn't that what he would need to do to fulfill the U.S.'s "current financial obligations"? And because the withdrawal isn't effective for a year, could President Biden just cancel the withdrawal in January?

So the net effect of this move could be to fully fund the WHO without following through with an actual withdrawal.