Since the start of the Covid pandemic, powerful institutions have been using it as an opportunity to usher in more surveillance and speech control.
One of these institutions, the WHO, an unelected global health agency, has spent more than a year pushing to expand its powers via two instruments — a pandemic treaty/accord and amendments to the International Health Regulations (2005). These instruments will collectively give the WHO, an unelected health agency, new powers to target “misinformation,” grow its surveillance tools, and push a framework for global vaccine passports.
And last month, during a roundtable at the seventy-sixth World Health Assembly (WHA), the annual meeting of the WHO’s decision-making body, US Secretary of Health and Human Service Xavier Becerra (an unelected bureaucrat who was appointed by President Joe Biden with the consent of the US Senate), Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam (an unelected bureaucrat who was appointed by former-Canadian Health Minister Jane Philpott), and others gave the instruments their full backing.
Becerra said that the US is committed to the work of the WHO’s intergovernmental negotiation body (INB) (the group that’s responsible for drafting and negotiating the pandemic treaty), the International Health Regulations (IHR) amendments, the strengthening of “biosurveillance and data systems for early warning to biological threats,” and the enhancement of “equity in pandemic preparedness and responses.”
He also noted that US President Joe Biden’s budget proposal for 2024 includes “a multi-billion dollar investment to make sure America’s prepared for “the next public health crisis” and $1.6 billion for “global health action.”
Additionally, Becerra touted the Biden administration’s commitment to the Pandemic Fund — a fund that’s hosted by the World Bank (a global financial institution that provides loans and grants to low and middle-income countries), has the WHO as a technical lead, and provides pandemic prevention and preparedness funding to low-and-middle-income countries.
Becerra pointed to the Biden regime’s previous $450 million commitment to the Pandemic Fund, highlighted an additional $250 million commitment to the fund that the Biden admin had recently made, and said “more investment is needed.”
Tam said that it’s “absolutely amazing to have the chairs of the INB and the IHR review” and that Canada is “committed to taking a collaborative approach with multiple partners on shared health priorities.” Additionally, she said that the “WHO should absolutely be at the center and playing a really critical role in this global health architecture.”
France’s representative expressed full commitment to the “pandemic agreement” and the IHR amendments and said that both are “vital.” She also said France supports the pandemic treaty being guided by One Health — a WHO surveillance system that uses links between “the health of people, animals and ecosystems” to “create new surveillance and disease control methods.”…