US Rejoins WHO; Fauci To Head American Delegation
In more first-day orders that reversed actions of his predecessor, President Joe Biden took steps to renew ties with the World Health Organization and re-engage in a global vaccine initiative.
The New York Times:
Biden Restores Ties With The World Health Organization That Were Cut By Trump.
Seeking to unify the global response to the coronavirus, President Biden on his first day in office retracted a decision by the Trump administration to withdraw from the World Health Organization. The Biden administration announced that Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, would be the head of the U.S. delegation to the agency’s executive board. Dr. Fauci will begin that role with a meeting this week. (Morales, 1/20)
Biden Moves To Halt US Exodus From World Health Organization
House Republicans on Wednesday blasted the move, saying the WHO was an echo chamber for China's propaganda and should not receive American taxpayer dollars. China has been far from transparent in its investigations into the origins of COVID-19 and has muzzled doctors and other whistleblowers. While the WHO has been reluctant to call attention to these issues, experts said the absence of U.S. participation created a void that China happily filled. (Weixel, 1/20)
The Washington Post:
Biden To Re-Engage With World Health Organization, Will Join Global Vaccine Effort
There is no question that the WHO will continue to work with the United States, its largest donor, experts said. But it remains to be seen whether the appetite for U.S. leadership remains the same. “I think it’s mixed emotions,” said J. Stephen Morrison, director of the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “The WHO is going to welcome them,” he said. “But there’s going to be an edge to it.” (Rauhala, 1/20)
Fauci Lays Out Biden's Support For WHO After Trump Criticism
President Joe Biden’s top medical adviser on COVID-19, Dr. Anthony Fauci, on Thursday announced renewed U.S. support for the World Health Organization after it faced blistering criticism from the Trump administration, laying out new commitments to tackle the coronavirus and other global health issues. Fauci, speaking by videoconference from pre-dawn United States to WHO’s executive board, said the U.S. will join the U.N. health agency’s efforts to bring vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics to people in need, whether in rich or poor countries. He said the U.S. will also resume full funding and staffing support for WHO. (Keaten, 1/21)
Dr. Fauci Says U.S. Will Remain A WHO Member And Join Global Covid Vaccine Plan
The U.S. will remain a member of the World Health Organization under President Joe Biden, Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Thursday, and intends to join a global alliance that aims to deliver coronavirus vaccines to low-income countries. Speaking from Washington by videoconference one day after Biden was sworn into office, U.S. Chief Medical Advisor Fauci told the WHO’s executive board: “President Biden will issue a directive later today which will include the intent of the United States to join COVAX and support the ACT-Accelerator to advance multilateral efforts for Covid-19 vaccine, therapeutic, and diagnostic distribution, equitable access, and research and development.” (Meredith, 1/21)