Joe Biden makes mistake with new World Health Organization pledge
Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, has pledged to continue funding the dysfunctional World Health Organization. It is not just another tip of the hat to the left wing. It is an open admission that the former vice president is willing to do whatever it takes to protect Chinese interests.
In a recent interview, Biden revealed that he would restore funding to the World Health Organization if he is elected president in November, despite concerns about how the institution mishandled the coronavirus crisis. Let us all remember that during the early stages of the pandemic, the World Health Organization criticized international restrictions, urging countries to avoid using travel bans such as the ones imposed by President Trump.
Only three months ago, the World Health Organization director general said, “We reiterate our call to all countries not to impose restrictions that unnecessarily interfere with international travel and trade,” arguing that such travel bans would trigger “fear and stigma with little public health benefit.” This kind of open borders message from a globalist institution funded with American taxpayer dollars is what liberal Democrats love.
Leading infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci, however, has offered a totally different take on the travel bans by the White House. Fauci praised the swift decision of Trump to restrict international travel from China and Europe, explaining that it played a key role in preventing the early spread of the disease in the United States, thereby saving American lives. “It was pretty compelling that we needed to turn off the source,” Fauci claimed.
The World Health Organization also infamously echoed Chinese talking points early this year, endorsing the unfounded claim by Beijing that the coronavirus could not spread between humans. The group had ignored the obvious pitfall of encouraging international complacency toward the coronavirus threat based on “preliminary investigations” by the Chinese regime desperate to appear competent and sympathetic to human life.
Imagine how many more lives could have been saved if the World Health Organization had just issued the appropriate advice to the international community. Think how much devastation could have been prevented if it did not push Chinese propaganda. According to a recent study from the University of Southampton, the number of coronavirus cases could have been reduced by a stunning 95 percent if Chinese authorities acted just three weeks earlier. Where was the World Health Organization as Beijing was clearly hiding the truth about the pandemic from the entire planet?
Sadly, the eagerness of Biden to write the World Health Organization a check is not the only time he has run interference for China during this crisis. When the White House first announced lifesaving restrictions on international travel, Biden immediately accused Trump of “xenophobia” and “fear mongering.” Some things never change with some politicians.
Trump is correct that the United States should not send another taxpayer dime to the World Health Organization until authorities fully investigate its botched response to the deadly coronavirus pandemic. Now is simply not the time to cover for this globalist institution that serves the government interests of the Chinese regime at the expense of countless human lives.
Madison Gesiotto is an attorney who serves with the advisory board of the Donald Trump campaign. You can follow her on Twitter @MadisonGesiotto.
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