US will rejoin WHO

Joe Biden
President-elect Joe Biden

US President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday said his administration will rejoin the World Health Organisation (WHO) on the first day of his presidency. He added that one of the main reasons for rejoining is to make sure that China “plays by the rules”. In July, the Trump administration had given the UN a formal one-year notice to quit the WHO. In April, President Donald Trump announced that the US would withdraw from the WHO, accusing the UN organisation for failing to oversee the onset of the coronavirus as it began to spread in China. “It’s not so much about punishing China, it’s about making sure China understands they’ve got to play by the rules. It’s a simple proposition,” Biden said during a meeting with a bipartisan group of governors in his hometown in Wilmington, Delaware. He said that is one of the reasons why his administration is going to rejoin the World Health Organisation.