COVID-19 pandemic: During the 148th session of the WHO Executive Board chaired by the Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday, Chief Medical Adviser to the President of the USA informed that the USA will remain a member of the WHO.
Dr Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Adviser to the President of USA, addressed the EB on behalf of the Biden-Harris administration, announcing that the USA will remain a member of the WHO and fulfill its financial obligations, with continued technical collaboration at all levels, including through its collaborating centers.
Meanwhile, Vardhan welcomed the announcement that the new Administration of President Joe Biden will halt the process of withdrawing the US from the WHO.
Harsh Vardhan said that “I wish to thank all Member States for adapting to the constraints of dealing with a large agenda and that too virtually, across multiple time zones.”
Despite the compelling circumstances that have forced people to meet virtually at a time, we all understood that there are going to be many urgent health challenges in the next two decades, he said during the 148th session of the WHO Executive Board.
He further said that we have formed a common cause with a renewed determination to work together and ensure that nothing can stop us from moving towards universal healthcare for all.
“Ever since the COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, close to one year ago, we have put up a valiant fight against the novel disease, with our collective efforts to suppress transmission, prevent illness and reduce deaths,” he stated.
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