Europe is lamenting the formal Trump administration notification of its withdrawal from the World Health Organization (WHO) while pledging to work to reform the United Nations health agency.
German Health Minister Jens Spahn said the move by America, the WHO’s largest contributor, amid the coronavirus pandemic is a “setback for international cooperation.”
Spahn said on Twitter that more global cooperation — not less — is needed to fight pandemics, adding: “European states will initiate #WHO reforms.”
Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya said the WHO needs “more autonomy” and that more preparation was needed for future pandemics.
“What we need today is more multilateralism and less national sovereignty as a guarantee for protecting our citizens, even if that means that we go against what others have said in other parts of the world,” González Laya told reporters. “Let’s not get carried away by siren songs.”