Editor, Townsman:

As a future physician, I was saddened to learn that the United States will stop funding the World Health Organization. While its headquarters may seem far away in Switzerland, its work touches lives around the globe, including in our home of Andover.

The WHO currently has three vaccines in clinical trials, and more than 70 others in development. The minute those vaccines are available, I want to be able to use them here, in Andover.

They will be our best tool to keep our community safe and reopen Main Street for business.

If we stop funding WHO, we will lose access to these tools.

Meanwhile, other countries will reopen. Their children will go to schools while ours remain locked indoors.

I ask U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan, Sens. Elizabeth Warren, and Edward Markey to do everything they can to keep funding for the WHO.

I need WHO’s vaccine for our community. The WHO matters to US.

ANDREW MESHNICK

Medical student, Georgetown University

Andover

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