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What benefit does the USA gain when it withdraws from WHO?

What the US would gain is unclear, besides saving some contribution money. What Trump gains is turning the narrative away from criticism of his leadership with regards to the Covid crisis and ...
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Why is the United States voluntarily funding the World Health Organization 60 times more than China?

Partial frame challenge if you like. Fox News has chosen an interesting year to highlight. As you can see, US voluntary contributions have varied a lot; only $112 million in 2011 (and similar in 2014) ...
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Where does Trump's authority to cut funding to WHO come from, if Congress controls spending?

You are correct, Congress does control the purse strings, and has the final say on this. However, there are ways in which Trump can get around this. Let's first look at what Trump actually announced: ...
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What benefit does the USA gain when it withdraws from WHO?

Leaving the WHO would release the US from the legal obligations of its membership; chiefly those set out by the International Health Regulations of 2005. These are fairly wide ranging and pithy, far ...
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What benefit does the USA gain when it withdraws from WHO?

This is not a cost-benefit calculation based off money contributions Condemning WHO is a political statement relating to the facts that: Taiwan is kept out of WHO by China, (Arguably) there was ...
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When did the WHO decide there was evidence of human-to-human transmission of Covid-19?

The WHO was clearly wary that human-to-human transmission may be a factor at the beginning of January - although their initial Disease Outbreak News (DON) of January 5th entitled "Pneumonia of unknown ...
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Who were the 12 countries that voted against condemning Russia at the World Health Assembly yesterday?

On the right-hand section of the 75th World Health Assembly webpage, we find that Journal No. 6, 27 May 2022 contains a breakdown of the votes in Item 16 (Pillar 2) continued. The Chair opened item ...
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When did the WHO decide there was evidence of human-to-human transmission of Covid-19?

It's important to note that China had some evidence of human-to-human transmission as early as December 2019 The symptom onset date of the first patient identified was Dec 1, 2019. None of his family ...
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What expert advice was behind WHO’s endorsement of live animal markets in China?

According to the article you linked to, “Wet market” doesn’t mean a live animal market - it means a market selling fresh food and produce, which sometimes also includes animals: Wet markets sell ...
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Why is the United States voluntarily funding the World Health Organization 60 times more than China?

Re. assessed, rather than voluntary contributions, this article goes into the funding calculation basis, for the UN as a whole (the WHO being part of the UN). The reason it's relevant is that, in ...
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What benefit does the USA gain when it withdraws from WHO?

The US gains nothing, and in fact loses quite a bit. While I can't find any polls on the question - either the withdrawal is too recent, or my Google skills aren't up to the task :-( - I'd bet that ...
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Why was the World Health Organization against travel restrictions following the COVID-19 outbreak?

Probably because prior WHO research was rather skeptical of their ultimate effectiveness: Screening and quarantining entering travelers at international borders did not substantially delay virus ...
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Has there been a random survey of a population for COVID-19?

The small Italian town of Vò has tested and retested its entire population. Through testing and retesting of all 3,300 inhabitants of the town of Vò, near Venice, regardless of whether they were ...
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What benefit does the USA gain when it withdraws from WHO?

Trump's letter to Dr. Tedros of the World Health Organization clearly lays out Trump's reasoning: the WHO is "not serving America's interests" and so the US should not support the organization. To ...
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Why is the United States voluntarily funding the World Health Organization 60 times more than China?

It's not that USA pays a lot, it's that China is stingy. That probably has to do with a perceived western bias in the UN (citation needed) which China doesn't like (citation needed). For example look ...
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Does the World Health Organization have the power to impose sanctions?

WHO officials have criticised the UK government's approach to the COVID-19 pandemic Actually the quoted criticism does not come from the WHO, nor from a current employee of the WHO. It comes from ...
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What benefit does the USA gain when it withdraws from WHO?

The USA can use money as a lever to seek more control and accountability from the WHO. A Chinese delegate (Margaret Chan) was director of the WHO from 2006 to 2017, and after her, China has sought to ...
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What is the Biden administration's position on the WHO investigation into the origins of coronavirus?

Since Fauci is now part of the Biden administration... he reportedly said at a video conference on the 21st: In one of his first assignments as part of the Biden administration, Anthony Fauci took ...
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How did the US "sabotage" the adoption of the latest World Health Assembly resolution regarding Covid-19?

The full text of your article explains what it means by the US "meddling": For weeks, President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have been claiming without evidence that the ...
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What was WHO's defence from US Republican attacks that the WHO "really blew" their response to the pandemic by being "slow" and "deceptive"?

For what's worth it, Al Jazeera quoted a third-party defence of the WHO: Jeremy Konyndyk, a senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development, said the last thing the US and the WHO need ...
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Has the WHO said anything about travel restrictions since the end of February?

The WHO released a joined statement with the ICAO ([on the WHO website it's dated 11 March 2020). It does not mention travel restrictions directly. It does, however, stress cooperation at different ...
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Has there been a random survey of a population for COVID-19?

The Dutch have begun a project to test donated blood for the antibodies to SARS-COV-2. (sources: Reuters, NLtimes) The motivation for this project seems to be similar to that in your discussion. The ...
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What is preventing UN from playing a more assertive role atleast in Global Pandamic situation?

A greater role for the UN would set a precedent that could be applied on others disasters, like the ongoing climate change or refugee movements. There is the principle of national sovereignty. ...
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Has there been a random survey of a population for COVID-19?

I am unable to find any instances of random samples for Covid-19 tests being drawn from the general population (at the time of writing, see other answers for more recent developments). Current random ...
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What benefit does the USA gain when it withdraws from WHO?

The main benefit for Trump is that is brings US foreign policy and health policy closer in line with his values. Trump is fundamentally a US Foreign Policy Jacksonian. This is the one of Mead's 4 ...
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What is preventing UN from playing a more assertive role atleast in Global Pandamic situation?

I'm not even sure a centralized decision-making organ would be such an improvement, although coordination and assistance, via the WHO, is essential. Consider that actions have varied widely and ...
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What is the significance of the WHO characterising Covid-19 as a pandemic?

Very little, practically speaking. From the WHO: "Describing the situation as a pandemic does not change WHO’s assessment of the threat posed by this #coronavirus. It doesn’t change what WHO is ...
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Has there been a random survey of a population for COVID-19?

Iceland has come close Since their first cases in late February, Iceland has provided free COVID-19 testing to anyone with no requirements for symptoms and travel. So far (as of 4/1), they've tested &...
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Has the WHO or any individual countries released COVID-19 statistics divided on basis of sex?

The WHO has reported sex-distributed data - in their 89th COVID-19 situation report published on April 13th, they released data on this topic aggregated from the then 747,546 cases reported by member ...
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Could the CCP have disclosed the COVID-19 pandemic much earlier as the U.S. claims?

It depends what one means by that. The Wuhan branch of the CCP is probably the one mostly responsible for muzzling the local doctors etc. But then the center was responsible for the initially overly ...
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