In recent years, many problems have been presented as posing the biggest threat to public health of our time, from antibiotic resistance to the pandemic and the effects of vaccines. However, we can’t ignore another threat that has the potential to do far more damage than any of those issues on their own: the World Health Organization.
By now, it is clear that the WHO colluded with China to spread misinformation about COVID-19. Their slow response and initial downplaying of the pandemic are being blamed for the disease’s quick spread in the early days. Initially, they echoed the official party line from Beijing that there was little to no risk of the virus being transmitted among humans, despite there being plenty of evidence to contrary. Even when nearby Taiwan warned about the disease’s propensity to spread, they refused to take action. Millions of people traveled to and from Wuhan at the time, and we all know how that ended up.
Despite hospitals in Wuhan overflowing with patients and medical supplies running out, the WHO claimed it was too early to declare it a public health emergency, refusing to restrict travel and trade. It wouldn’t be until several months later, on March 11, that they declared coronavirus a pandemic, even while continuing to praise China for its handling of the disease. The situation was so appalling that President Trump directed his administration to stop funding the organization while reviewing its handling of the pandemic and then pulled the U.S. out of the WHO altogether.
However, one of Joe Biden’s first acts as president was retracting that withdrawal, recommitting the country to full participation in the WHO and the financial obligations that come with it. Unfortunately, this gives them the power to continue to threaten public health in many ways.
One of the biggest concerns right now, however, are amendments proposed by the WHO to the International Health Regulations, or IHR, to set up a globalist architecture of health surveillance, reporting and management. The public, not surprisingly, will not be allowed to provide any input regarding the amendments, in direct violation of the basic concept of democracy.
The IHR, which were adopted by the WHO’s 194 member states in 2005, allow the body to declare what is known as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, or PHEIC, if an infectious disease outbreak takes place in a member state, but it currently must be done with the consent of the state in question.
The proposed amendments, however, allow the WHO Director-General to control the declaration of public health emergencies in any member state, even if they object, completely ignoring the sovereignty of the nations involved.
The amendments would also give WHO regional directors authority to declare a Public Health Emergency of Regional Concern (PHERC) wherever they choose. The Director-General will also be granted the power to declare an Intermediate Public Health Alert.
Part of the proposal is an amendment to Article 5 of the IHR that will increase surveillance to develop risk assessments, using the types of predictions and modeling that exaggerated Covid risks a few years ago and sent the world into panic mode.
Article 9, meanwhile, allows WHO to rely on undisclosed sources for the information they use to declare public health emergencies. There are fears that pharmaceutical companies and major WHO donors like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation could have undue power over how countries operate. This influence is already seen in the body’s biased drug recommendations and lists of “essential medicines.”
The significant influence of private money at the corrupt WHO prompted a review in the Journal of Integrative Medicine & Therapy to declare the body’s corruption the “biggest threat to the world’s public health of our time” – and it may be about to get worse.
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