Hours after being sworn in, President Joe Biden on Wednesday (local time) informed United Nations Director-General Antonio Guterres about the US' decision to re-join the World Health Orgsation.
Walking back on the former administration's plan to withdraw the US from the WHO, Biden said: "This letter constitutes a retraction by the Government of the United States of the letter dated July 6, 2020, notifying you that the Government of the United States intended to withdraw from the World Health Orgzation (WHO), effective July 6, 2021. The United States intends to remain a member of the World Health Orgzation."
In the letter, the President said that the US will be part of WHO's fight against the coronavirus."The WHO plays a crucial role in the world's fight against the deadly COVID-19 pandemic as well as countless other threats to global health and health security. The United States will continue to be a full participant and a global leader in confronting such threats and advancing global health and health security," he said.
Former President Donald Trump had in July last year pulled out the US from the WHO after criticising the body for covering up the outbreak of COVID-19, which emerged in China in 2019. The US had also backed out of a joint global effort led by the WHO to develop, manufacture and distribute a vaccine to cure coronavirus. The decision would have come into effect from July 6 this year.
Besides retracting from WHO, Biden has also taken the decision to re-join the Paris Agreement, from which Trump had pulled out in November last year.
Hours after taking the office, Biden on Wednesday signed 17 executive orders memorandums and proclamations including ending the Muslim travel ban.
After taking the oath of office this afternoon, I got right to work taking action to:— President Biden (@POTUS) January 20, 2021
- Control the pandemic
- Provide economic relief
- Tackle climate change
- Advance racial equity
Wearing masks isn't a partisan issue — it's a patriotic act that can save countless lives. That's why I signed an executive order today issuing a mask mandate on federal property. It's time to mask up, America.— President Biden (@POTUS) January 21, 2021
We're back in the Paris Climate Agreement.— President Biden (@POTUS) January 21, 2021
( With inputs from ANI )
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