To the Editor:
To the Editor:
The world is facing a global challenge with communities and economies everywhere affected by the growth of the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 14, 2020, President Trump announced a temporary pause of U.S. funding to the World Health Organization, pending the organization's initial response to the COVID-19 outbreak. President Trump believes WHO was slow to warn of the risk of human-to-human transmission and that it failed to cross-examine Chinese transparency early on. However, due to the pause of urgent action, the economic fallout from the pandemic could push 500 million more people into poverty, estimated by Oxfam. This could set back the fight against poverty by as much as 25-30 years in various regions. More than half of the world's population could be living in poverty in the wake of this pandemic, erasing decades of progress combating extreme poverty.
At this critical time in our nation's history, I believe we must work together with our allies to ensure our national security and advance American interests. Admiral Stavridis and General Zinni (Ret.) said it best: "No matter how successful we are in fighting the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic at home, we will never stop it unless we are also fighting it around the world." I am thankful for Sen. Cornyn's support and ensuring COVID-19 does not cause the collapse of global health and economic systems. The support of emergency global funding for COVID-19 will fund global health programs, dire economic relief, and humanitarian aid in the developing world, the protection of U.S. citizens and government personnel overseas, and critical civilian operations globally.
The Borgen Project Ambassador