The Biden administration’s bid to surrender American control over public health emergencies in the United States to the World Health Organization fell short at the UN’s 75th World Health Assembly in Geneva last month, but there is no reason to believe Biden won’t try again.
This drive is part of our illegitimate placeholder president’s effort to undo all the good things that former President Donald Trump accomplished. Trump slashed U.S. funding of WHO and served notice the country would pull out of the Communist Chinese-influenced agency, but Joe Biden aims to super-charge WHO’s authority in world affairs by amending an international pandemic treaty known as the International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005.
Of course, WHO is a bureaucratic monstrosity, a purveyor of leftist horror propaganda that, like its parent, the United Nations, should not exist.
WHO demanded the catastrophic lockdowns, getting creative and using them to push the pseudoscience of manmade global warming. “Countries must set ambitious national climate commitments if they are to sustain a healthy and green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic,” WHO said in October 2021, claiming that “air pollution, primarily the result of burning fossil fuels, which also drives climate change, causes 13 deaths per minute worldwide.”
A WHO report bellows that “climate change is the single biggest health threat facing humanity. While no one is safe from the health impacts of climate change, they are disproportionately felt by the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.”
WHO’s constitution supports an internationalist version of the depraved Marxist concept of health equity, waging war on markets and positing that unequal levels of wealth in nations somehow endangers the human race. The document asserts: “Unequal development in different countries in the promotion of health and control of diseases, especially communicable disease, is a common danger.”
On its especially creepy “infodemic” webpage, WHO lectures that free speech challenges government control of events, whining that “too much information … during a disease outbreak … causes confusion and risk-taking behaviours that can harm health.” Unrestricted information “also leads to mistrust in health authorities and undermines the public health response.”
At the recent World Health Assembly in Switzerland, a land where assisted suicide-for-profit is considered healthcare, Biden’s proposed amendments to the International Health Regulations would have given WHO unilateral authority to declare public health emergencies in every single sovereign nation on earth regardless of the wishes of those countries’ governments.
The IHR is a binding pact among 196 countries –including the U.S.— that creates “a framework for coordinating the international response to events that may constitute a public health emergency of international concern.”
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the IHR requires countries to: “make sure surveillance systems and laboratories can detect potential threats”; “work together with other countries to make decisions in public health emergencies”; “report specific diseases, plus any potential international public health emergencies, through participation in a network of National Focal Points”; and “respond to public health events.”
The CDC says the IHR also “includes specific measures countries can take at ports, airports and ground crossings to limit the spread of health risks to neighboring countries, and to prevent unwarranted travel and trade restrictions.”
It’s already bad enough that the pandemic treaty gives a hostile foreign body any say at all in U.S. domestic policy, but Biden wants to give the UN agency more power to meddle in American affairs.
Biden’s IHR amendments would bestow on WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, an Ethiopian communist and kowtower to the Chinese Communist Party, the power to declare a public health emergency in any country on earth on a mere whim.
The bundle of Biden amendments proposed in Geneva would “give WHO the right to take important steps to collaborate with other nations and other organizations worldwide to deal with any nation’s alleged health crisis, even against its stated wishes,” according to Peter Breggin and his wife, Ginger Ross Breggin. Dr. Breggin is a psychiatrist by training, a former U.S. Public Health Service officer, and former National Institute on Mental Health consultant. Mrs. Breggin is a medical reform advocate.
“The power to declare health emergencies is a potential tool to shame, intimidate, and dominate nations. It can be used to justify ostracism and economic or financial actions against the targeted nation by other nations aligned with WHO or who wish to harm and control the accused nation,” the couple wrote.
“These amendments will empower WHO’s Director-General to declare health emergencies or crises in any nation and to do so unilaterally and against the opposition of the target nation,” the Breggins add.
“The Director-General will be able to declare these health crises based merely on his personal opinion or consideration that there is a potential or possible threat to other nations. If passed, the Biden administration’s proposed amendments will, by their very existence and their intention, drastically compromise the independence and the sovereignty of the United States. The same threat looms over all the U.N.’s 193 member nations, all of whom belong to WHO and represent 99.44% of the world population.”
One of the amendments would do away with the current requirement that WHO “consult with and seek to obtain verification” from officials in a country where a health crisis is suspected before making declarations.
Another provision would allow WHO to develop “early warning criteria for assessing and progressively updating the national, regional, or global risk posed by an event of unknown causes or sources.”
Another would empower WHO, when encountering a country with a suspected problem, to take action on its own if the country fails to cooperate with it within 48 hours. WHO would be allowed “when justified by the magnitude of the public health risk, [to] immediately share with other [nations] the information available to it.”
The amendments are in line with a White House fact sheet from earlier this year that says the U.S. “will continue to advance health security and pandemic preparedness abroad, including through strengthening WHO, working with partners towards targeted IHR amendments,” as The Epoch Times reported.
Biden supports “global threat detection innovations through a globally connected network of public health surveillance systems that optimizes disease prevention and health promotion as we strengthen surveillance initiatives to provide necessary actionable data before, during, and after a pandemic.”
“The budget includes $2.47 billion in mandatory funding for CDC to include enhancements to domestic sentinel surveillance programs, expansion of domestic and global wastewater surveillance, and investments in global genomic surveillance approaches, as well as global respiratory disease surveillance platforms,” the fact sheet says.
“Respiratory surveillance platforms include video cameras and recorders that alert authorities when members of the public are seen coughing or otherwise acting in a manner that could indicate the presence of an infectious disease or help spread one already present in a population,” according to the newspaper report.
“Such equipment is widely used in China.”
Of course it is.
The amendments failed to pass despite the backing of the European Union, United Kingdom, and Australia. Apparently, India, Russia, Brazil and other countries weren’t yet comfortable with the idea of handing over domestic control of pandemic policy to a UN agency that is in China’s pocket. The World Health Assembly meeting adjourned May 28.
Biden’s attempt to sell out the interests of the United States is far from over.
Leftists are patient and Biden will try again.