What's next for World Health Organization after United States takes steps to stay

What's next for World Health Organization after United States takes steps to stay”

"The US also intends to fulfill its financial obligations" to the WHO, Fauci said in a speech via a video link.

In his pre-dawn address on Thursday to the WHO's executive board, Fauci said the US will resume full funding for WHO and maintain its staff support for it, while announcing the USA will join its efforts to get COVID-19 vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics to people in need around the world. He confirmed that the U.S. will join Covax, a 92-nation vaccine collaboration that the Trump administration declined to participate in. "So, we are continuing, but you're going to see a real ramping up of it", Dr. Fauci said.

Fauci's address initiates a campaign to re-engage with allies snubbed by his predecessor.

During a White House press briefing, Fauci said President Joe Biden's goal of vaccinating 100 million people in the first 100 days is "reasonable".

Biden has sent letters to retract Trump's withdrawal to the United Nations secretary-general and to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Fauci said, addressing Tedros as "my dear friend".

The US has been the WHO's largest contributor, providing $400 million to $500 million in mandatory and voluntary contributions, and Trump's decision previous year drew sharp criticism in Congress, as well as from allies in Europe.

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In addition to retracting the notification of withdrawal and retaining membership in the WHO, the United States will cease the drawdown of USA staff seconded to the WHO and will resume regular engagement of US government personnel with the WHO both directly and through our WHO Collaborating Centers. He said the vaccine is the best way to fight back against the pandemic and help restore people's lives.

Tedros also welcomed Fauci, the head of infectious diseases at the National Institutes of Health, to his new spot on the executive board.

Visit the Business Insider homepage for more stories. Yet several have questioned whether the program will get the vaccines it needs, the WHO's Tedros said earlier this week. "At the same time, respecting the individual issues that any individual state might have", Fauci said.

Additionally, Fauci said the presence of these strains provides "all the more reason" for Americans to get vaccinated in order to prevent new strains from emerging.

A review process of the World Health Organization has begun, with an independent panel saying earlier this week that the body was underpowered to do the job expected of it during the pandemic. And a report issued to the media this week by a panel convened by World Health Organization concluded the agency could have acted quicker to stem the emerging coronavirus and might have labeled it a pandemic sooner. He praised Fauci for his "incredible leadership" on COVID-19, adding that for the world, the USA role in public health is "very, very crucial".

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