Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden says he would restore funding to the World Health Organization if hes elected president.
Asked during an interview with CBS 4, Biden said, “Yes, I will.
“But Ill also insist that we do what we were doing before. We had set up a pandemic office within the White House, President Obama. We had CDC—the folks for the Centers for Disease Control—forward-stationed in other countries to anticipate when we might see a virus coming, a pandemic coming, because there are going to be more of these.”
The United States should be “more engaged in the world” and cant “step back,” Biden said.
“If, for example, we solve the problem in the United States of America, and you dont solve it in other parts of the world, you know whats going to happen? Youre going to have travel bans, youre not going to be able to have economic intercourse around the world,” he said.
“When America goes alone, when Americas first, its America alone.
“And the idea that were stepping back from world leadership that, in fact, we engaged in during the virus and pandemics in the past, it is leaving it leaderless, as a matter of fact.
“So we have to get back in the game.”
President Donald Trump paused funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) earlier this month, noting that the WHO is largely aligned with China and has repeatedly promoted talking points from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) amid the pandemic.