Despite the lack of official confirmation of the U.S. election results, World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he hopes to “work closely” with the prospective Joe Biden administration. Biden said he would immediately reverse President Donald Trump’s decision to suspend U.S. support for the organization because of its poor performance during the CCP Virus crisis.
Biden, as reported by the BBC, promised during the campaign that he would reverse President Trump’s decision to freeze WHO funds “from day one” if he won the election.
“Americans are safer when the U.S. is dedicated to strengthening global health. On my first day as president, I will join the WHO and restore our leadership on the world stage,” Joe Biden said in July.
During an annual meeting of health ministers with the WHO on Monday, Ghebreyesus, despite the lack of official confirmation, congratulated on behalf of the WHO, “President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, and we look forward to working with this administration very closely,” according to Reuters.
He called for more “predictable” funding to avoid a “major mismatch” between the organization’s resources and the expectations of the international community.
“We still have a lot of work to do, but we believe we are on the right track,” Ghebreyesus said of the policies implemented because of the CCP’s virus crisis, without even hinting at minimal self-criticism after making blunders in its policies and announcements throughout the year.
“Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in #Wuhan,” the WHO said earlier this year in one of its Twitter announcements. At that time the virus was already spreading through much of the world, even countries like Taiwan had expressly denounced the WHO.
Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in #Wuhan, #China🇨🇳. pic.twitter.com/Fnl5P877VG
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) January 14, 2020
President Trump announced a suspension of U.S. funding for the WHO in April, arguing that he was making grotesque mistakes related to the CCP Virus pandemic that were causing “many deaths.”
“We want to look into the World Health Organization because they really called it wrong. They missed the call, they could have called it months earlier, they would have known, they should have known, and they probably did know,” President Trump said at the time.
He added during the same speech, “They seem to be very China-centric. That’s a nice way of saying it, but they seem to be very China-centric, and they seem to err always on the side of China.”
President Trump opposed the WHO and Ghebreyesus’s criticism of its travel ban on China in January. Eventually, he was forced to agree, although he never did, when all the countries of the world ended up making the same decision to ban travel abroad.
Trump administration officials said they had presented a list of policy reforms that the WHO should make in order to continue U.S. funding, but the reforms were not implemented.
President Trump said in May that because those “requested and greatly needed reforms” were not made, the United States would be “terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs.”