January 22, 2021

STATEMENT: U.S. to rejoin World Health Organization

Yesterday, the Biden administration signed an executive order directing the government to rejoin the World Health Organization, overturning the Trump administration’s original decision to leave and not fund the agency. 

Please see below for a statement from Corporate Accountability’s Associate Campaign Director, Michél Legendre. 

“The Biden Administration’s decision to rejoin the WHO would be crucial at any time, but is especially vital amid a pandemic that demands global coordination. The WHO, while not a flawless institution, often provides requisite resources to nations confronting the worst public health issues, especially in the Global South, where Global North corporations and governments have exported public health crises for decades. The United States has not always negotiated in good faith at the WHO, and as it re-enters the global public health community, the U.S. must foreground justice and equity in every WHO endeavor, from curbing the COVID-19 pandemic to implementing Global Tobacco Treaty measures.” 

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