The World Health Organization (WHO) is already seeking to rebuild its high-level ties with the United States, after the victory of President-elect Joe Biden, who promised during his campaign to stop the process of leaving his country from the multilateral body, contrary to the decision Donald Trump. “Congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris. My WHO colleagues and I look forward to working with you and your teams, ”said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
The United States is the country most affected by Covid-19, with more than 9.5 million cases and 233,000 deaths attributed to the disease. The current president, Donald Trump, blamed the WHO for failing to act in time to stop the spread of the coronavirus and for covering up China, which – according to his accusations – had hidden important information about the new pathogen from the rest of the world in the initial phase. of the pandemic, accusations on which he never presented evidence. “A crisis like the one caused by the Covid-19 pandemic shows the importance of solidarity in protecting lives and livelihoods,” wrote Tedros.
The uncontrollable spread of the coronavirus coincided with the election campaign, although Trump initially downplayed the seriousness of the situation. When the magnitude of the problem became evident, he accused the WHO of maladministration in responding to the crisis and ordered a total cut in US funding. Subsequently, the American head of government withdrew his country from the entity, which was scheduled to take place on July 6, 2021. However, Biden pledged to cancel it on the first day of his term if he won the elections.
Throughout the pandemic, the Democrat defended the need to listen to WHO scientists and experts on how to stop the pandemic, focusing efforts on tests, case monitoring, social distance, wearing a mask, and searching for a vaccine.