2020 Candidate Joe Biden said he would restore funding to the WHO if elected President during a recent interview.
If you’re elected president, will you restore funding to the World Health Organization?
Yes I will. But I’ll also insist that we have — 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.
The head of the WHO says he regrets US President Donald Trump’s decision to pull funding from the agency and has called for the world to pull together.
“The United States of America has been a long-standing and generous friend of the WHO and we hope it will continue to be so,” WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference.
“We regret the decision of the President of the United States to order a halt in the funding to the WHO.”
The comments came after Mr Trump’s move to halt funding to the WHO over its handling of the pandemic.
The US is the largest donor to the WHO, providing more than $US400 million ($631 million) in 2019, roughly 15 per cent of its budget.
“WHO is reviewing the impact on our work of any withdrawal of US funding and we will work with partners to fill any gaps and ensure our work continues uninterrupted,” Dr Tedros added.