Biden Re-Engages With China-Centric World Health Organization
Why Americans should be worried.
Joe Biden signed an executive order on Day One of his presidency, which fully re-engages the United States with the World Health Organization (WHO). In doing so, the sleepy “woke” 46th president of the United States is rewarding an incompetent global governance body that helped the Chinese regime cover up the severity of the coronavirus it unleashed upon the world. Biden is committing the United States to waste many millions of U.S. taxpayers’ dollars on this unreformed globalist bureaucracy. Biden has also laid the groundwork for participating in the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access (COVAX) Facility, co-sponsored by the World Health Organization, which is seeking to administer the worldwide distribution of coronavirus vaccines. Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the Chief Medical Adviser to President Biden, is the Biden administration’s representative to the World Health Organization.
The spokesperson for United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres declared that “the United States joining and supporting the COVAX facility will give momentum to efforts to ensure equitable access to vaccines for all countries.” This means socially engineered global COVID-19 vaccine redistribution, akin to leftist progressive schemes for global wealth redistribution. China, which is a participant in COVAX, will stand to benefit the most from COVAX’s allocation of vaccine doses to all participating countries, because the COVAX allocations will be proportional to the participants’ total population size. By joining COVAX, the Biden administration is effectively helping China receive more vaccine dose allocations than it needs or deserves, simply because it is the most populous country in the world. Life-saving vaccines developed by American companies with the backing of the U.S. government may be diverted to COVAX’s vaccine pool and hence to China because of Biden’s decision. This would mean potential vaccine shortages in the United States, denying some Americans timely access to vaccines they helped pay for through their taxes.
The World Health Organization and its COVAX offshoot cannot be trusted with administering the distribution of coronavirus vaccines. It failed miserably in its early handling of the pandemic. Indeed, a panel of experts commissioned by the World Health Organization itself confirmed the wisdom of Donald Trump’s decision as president to pull the United States out of WHO until it mended its ways. In the panel’s interim report issued on January 18th, the panel stated that “[A] close reading of the chronology of the earliest events in the emergence of COVID-19 …suggests to the Panel that there were lost opportunities to apply basic public health measures at the earliest opportunity.”
The panel singled out Chinese local and national health authorities for not applying public health measures “more forcefully” a year ago. While the panel was at least willing to single out China for its early missteps, the panel’s criticism was a disappointing understatement. The truth was told by senior medics in Wuhan, who witnessed some of the first cases of the coronavirus. Statements they made about the cover up while being secretly filmed were shown in an ITV documentary, including that they were told to lie. One of the medics said, "We knew this virus transmitted from human to human. But when we attended a hospital meeting, we were told not to speak out.”
The World Health Organization dragged its feet in alerting the world to the grave danger that the coronavirus posed to human health. The panel questioned why WHO waited until January 30, 2020 to declare the coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern, and until March 11th to use the term “pandemic” in describing the rapid global spread of the coronavirus. The panel stopped short, however, of faulting WHO for what we know was its grossest dereliction of duty - accepting China’s disinformation at face value. The World Health Organization’s leadership has not owned up to what it did. Yet Biden is ordering the United States’ return to full engagement with WHO, the resumption of massive funding of this unaccountable globalist bureaucracy, and participation in the redistributionist COVAX facility.
The World Health Organization, under the leadership of its China-centric Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (Tedros for short), has not only failed to implement any serious reforms. It is moving in a socialist direction. Tedros is furious, for example, at the pharmaceutical companies that developed and produced in record time vaccines to combat the coronavirus. Tedros thinks that they are selfish for entering into bilateral agreements with the governments that helped to fund the development, manufacture, and distribution of the vaccines. Tedros condemns the pharmaceutical companies for wanting to make a return on their own investments in the vaccines. And Tedros is on record tweeting his support for a proposal by India and South Africa to the World Trade Organization for a waiver of some existing intellectual property rights protections in connection with the vaccines.
In remarks that Tedros delivered to WHO’s Executive Board on January 19th he said that “the world is on the brink of a catastrophic moral failure,” because “some countries and companies continue to prioritize bilateral deals” rather than work through WHO’s globalist COVAX facility. “The situation is compounded by the fact that most manufacturers have prioritized regulatory approval in rich countries where the profits are highest, rather than submitting full dossiers to WHO,” Tedros added. Tedros is the mouthpiece for China’s interests whom Dr. Fauci referred to as “my dear friend” when addressing the World Health Organization’s Executive Board meeting on behalf of the United States on January 21st. Tedros returned the favor by referring to Fauci as “my brother Tony.”
The “catastrophic moral failure” was WHO’s complicity with the Chinese regime to help enable its early cover up of the seriousness of the original outbreak in China. Why should vaccine producers accede to Tedros’s demands and trust the World Health Organization’s bureaucrats with their proprietary data for WHO’s so-called “regulatory review in real time, to accelerate approvals.” The Federal Drug Administration’s rigorous evaluation and approval process is more than adequate to assess vaccine safety and efficacy while protecting the pharmaceutical companies’ intellectual property rights.
Chinese government-linked hackers reportedly sought to steal sensitive data last year from Moderna Inc, the U.S.-based coronavirus vaccine developer that has since successfully produced a safe and effective vaccine being distributed throughout the United States. If Moderna had sent its proprietary vaccine data to WHO “in real time,” the World Health Organization would have been glad to serve as China’s source for the data. No need for China to steal the data any longer.
President Joe Biden is already helping China and jeopardizing Americans’ health by prematurely committing the United States to fully support the deeply flawed World Health Organization. Not an auspicious start for the 46th president.