Anthony Fauci, MD, made the announcement Thursday morning to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) executive board.
President Joe Biden has decided to keep the US as a member of the WHO. The announcement came from Anthony Fauci, MD, who spoke to the WHO executive board, as reported by CNBC.
“@WHO is a family of nations. We are all glad that the United States of America is staying with the family,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, tweeted after hearing the announcement.
“President Biden will issue a directive later today which will include the intent of the United States to join COVAX and support the ACT-Accelerator to advance multilateral efforts for Covid-19 vaccine, therapeutic, and diagnostic distribution, equitable access, and research and development,” Fauci said to the WHO group.
In December, Biden asked Fauci to join the Biden administration, and the director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) accepted and is going to serve as a chief medical advisor.
This week, WHO is having its annual meetings, and Fauci is leading the US team.
“Thank you my brother Tony for leading the delegation," Ghebreyesus, tweeted.
Fauci said the announcement about remaining with WHO comes exactly 1 year after the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the US.
On Wednesday, Biden signed an executive order putting a stop to the previous administration’s plan to withdrawal from WHO.