Fauci says it's 'liberating' to work on addressing pandemic under Biden

22 Janvier, 2021, 05:15 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Trump had refused to join the COVAX project

On Thursday, addressing "my dear friend" Dr. Tedros, Dr. Fauci thanked the W.H.O. for its leadership of the global response to the pandemic.

President Joe Biden's top medical adviser on COVID-19, Dr. Anthony Fauci, on Thursday announced renewed USA support for the World Health Organization after it faced blistering criticism from the Trump administration, laying out new commitments to tackle the coronavirus and other global health issues.

Fauci said he didn't feel that he could actually say something without any repercussions under former President Donald Trump. "Under trying circumstances", he said, "this organization has rallied the scientific and research and development community to accelerate vaccines, therapies and diagnostics; conducted regular, streamed press briefings that authoritatively track global developments; provided millions of vital supplies from lab reagents to protective gear to health care workers in dozens of countries; and relentlessly worked with nations in their fight against Covid-19".

President Biden has sent letters to retract Trump's withdrawal to the United Nations secretary-general and to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Fauci said, addressing Tedros as "my dear friend".

He referred to Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the World Health Organization director-general, as "my dear friend".

"WHO is a family of nations and we are all glad that the United States is staying in the family", Tedros said.

- U.S. to resume funding - In his address to the World Health Organization on Thursday, Fauci stressed that Washington - long the agency's top donor - was committed to resuming the funding.

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Fauci says the USA will "fulfill its financial obligations" to WHO.

Biden, said Fauci, was also preparing to issue a directive including the United States intent to join the World Health Organization co-led Covax facility, a globally-pooled Covid-19 vaccine procurement and distribution effort aimed at equitable vaccine access.

His comments, which he said came exactly one year after the United States recorded its first Covid-19 case, underscored the alacrity with which the new administration is reversing both the substance and tone of the Trump administration's approach.

He had accused the World Health Organization of mismanaging and covering up the spread of the virus after it emerged in China, and said it must be held accountable.

"One of the things that was very clear as recently as about 15 minutes ago when I was with the president, is that one of the things we're going to do is be completely transparent open and honest", Fauci said during the briefing.

"It is imperative that we learn and build upon important lessons about how future pandemic events can be averted", he said, stressing that "the global investigation should be robust and clear, and we look forward to evaluating it".

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