Why Trump’s Win Matters For Global Health

by Laurie Garrett
Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations, 9 November 2016

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The first of two elections with profound consequences for global health has been held – the U.S. presidential and congressional race. The second – the election of a new director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) – will soon be decided. Most uncertainties regarding Trump policies will likely be resolved during the transition, as the names of his cabinet and White House staff appointments emerge. Ultimately, the Trump administration will likely be challenged by the United States’ closest partners, such as Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Germany, to retain G7 and G20 commitments, boost weak elements of the multilateral health and development system, fight climate change, and accelerate preparedness for outbreaks and bioterrorism.

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