President Biden bragged that the U.S. had restored funding to the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) under his leadership, despite the organization’s failures during the pandemic.
“We are re-engaged at the World Health Organization and working in close partnership with COVAX to deliver life-saving vaccines around the world,” Biden said during his first speech as president to the United Nations General Assembly.
Biden reversed former President Trump’s withdrawal from the global organization citing its deference to China during the coronavirus pandemic.
“They seem to be very China-centric,” Trump said at the time. “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.”
The W.H.O. echoed Chinese propaganda on the virus, saying there was “no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission” even as the virus was savaging China.
The W.H.O. indicated the spread of the virus was from those “showing significant symptoms” in February 2020.
The United States was criticized for the travel ban on China in the early days of the pandemic by W.H.O. Director Tedros Adhamon Ghebreyesus, who was reportedly “stubborn” and “naive” about praising China.
China was praised by the W.H.O. for their transparency on the coronavirus, even as the Chinese government actively attempted to censor information and news regarding the spread of the virus.
The W.H.O. finally declared a public health emergency in March, citing concerns of “unreasonable fear” due to acting too quickly.
China flatly rejects the W.H.O.’s requests for information regarding the source of the virus.