The US is “in process of notifying the WHO that we are withdrawing," Jim Richardson, the director of the Office of Foreign Assistance at the State Department, told reporters Friday.
“This is not a light switch moment, it's more like unscrewing a light bulb so it does take a little bit of time. But we are, the State Department, is working very hard to give the proper notice that we are withdrawing from WHO,” Richardson said.
Some background: President Trump announced last month his decision to withdraw the US from the World Health Organization.
Richardson said the State Department and United States Agency for International Development have “alternative implementers” in the countries where Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly encouraged the administration to continue funding WHO operations because there weren’t other options. Those countries are Afghanistan, Egypt, Libya, Pakistan, Sudan, Syria and Turkey.
“We still have a hard time finding implementing partners for polio, for instance, and so we're still working through an interagency process to come to a resolution on that issue, and see how we want to proceed as the government in those unique cases,” Richardson said.