Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden said that he would undo President Donald Trump’s funding cut for the World Health Organization if elected, a move made by Trump to hold WHO accountable for its role in the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Asked during an interview Monday with CBS Miami whether he would reverse the commander in chief’s decision to pull funding for the embattled agency, Biden said “Yes I will.”
“But I’ll also insist that we … do what we were doing before. We had set up a pandemic office within the White House, President Obama. We had CDC … forward stationed in other countries to anticipate when we might see a virus coming, a pandemic coming, because there are gonna be more of these. So I would get much more engaged in the world,” the former vice president told the Florida-based network.
“We can’t step back. If in fact, for example, we solve the problem in the United States of America, and you don’t solve in the other parts of the world, you know what’s going to happen…We’re going to have travel bans, we’re not going to have to do economic intercourse with the world,” he continued.
WHO has faced a wave of criticism in recent weeks over its mishandling of the virus response, with the Trump administration officials accusing the agency of being “China-centric” and catering to Beijing despite their record of lies on the virus.
Earlier this month, administration officials told The Post that efforts were underway to redirect “every single pot of money” from the WHO to other organizations.
Large international relief organizations already are in many cases doing similar work, they said.
The annual WHO travel budget is about $200 million, dwarfing many of its health programs. In 2016, the WHO spent $71 million on AIDS and hepatitis, $61 million on malaria and $59 million on tuberculosis.
With Post wires