January 21st, local time, the 148th executive committee meeting of the World Health Organization was held by videoconference.
The United States sent a delegation led by Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to participate in the meeting by video link.
Fauci, the head of the regiment, said that Biden took office as the head of the United States. After the unification, the U.S. government will meet all its financial obligations to WHO.
NBC Business Channel reported on the 21st that Fauci said: “The United States intends to meet all its financial obligations to WHO.
The United States regards technical cooperation at all levels as the basis of the partnership with WHO, which our country attaches great importance to and intends to continue to develop.”
“In the framework of the US rejoining WHO, the United States will stop recalling its own experts from WHO agencies and resume regular exchanges with WHO, both directly and indirectly,” Fauci said.
The BBC previously reported that the operation of WHO depends on government and private funding.
Its funding is divided into mandatory contributions and voluntary contributions, which have increased in recent years.
In fiscal year 2019, more than 80% of WHO funds came from voluntary contributions from governments, private organizations such as charities and other joint agencies and multilateral institutions such as the European Union.
Among them, the United States government accounted for the largest share of voluntary contributions, accounting for about 15% of total voluntary contributions in 2019, and the second largest from The willing donors are the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which accounts for 10%, and other countries that made large voluntary contributions in 2019 include the United Kingdom (7.8%) and Germany (5.7%).
It is worth noting that although the United States accounts for the largest share of voluntary contributions, at the same time, the United States is also the country with the largest amount of mandatory contributions owed by WHO.
The United States has not paid the mandatory contributions to WHO far more than any other country.
Fauci also thanked WHO for its work in the fight against the coronavirus epidemic and confirmed that the United States would return to the organization. “I join my colleagues in thanking the World Health Organization for its leadership in combating the epidemic.
It is a privilege that Biden announced that the United States remains a member of WHO, and he signed a letter about canceling the previous government’s decision to withdraw from the WHO.
And the letter has been sent to the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Secretary-General of WHO.