June 2, 2024 | The Hill

Biden must resist the WHO’s power grab

June 2, 2024 | The Hill

Biden must resist the WHO’s power grab

Excerpt

The once-in-a-century COVID pandemic was fueled by China’s obstruction and obfuscation and the World Health Organization’s (WHO) mismanagement.

Yet WHO has considered a pandemic treaty that does not hold Beijing accountable for COVID-19. Problematically, the treaty also expands the organization’s bureaucracy and transfers national decisions to international bureaucrats in Geneva.  

First and foremost, the draft accord fails a simple test: If it had been in place before the COVID-19 pandemic, would it have prevented China from hiding the outbreak? The Biden administration should not sign the accord and must persuade U.S. allies and partners to withhold their assent as well. And if the administration agrees to the flawed treaty, the Senate must reject it. 

Anthony Ruggiero is an adjunct senior fellow at the Foundation of Defense of Democracies. He served as senior director for counterproliferation and biodefense on the White House National Security Council from 2019 to 2021.

Issues:

Biodefense China International Organizations U.S. Defense Policy and Strategy