In a statement issued by his Spokesperson, Secretary-General António Guterres said that supporting the UN health agency “is absolutely critical” to the world’s effort for a better coordinated response against COVID-19.
The UN chief also urged global solidarity to defeat the coronavirus.
“Now is the time for unity and for the international community to work together in solidarity to stop this virus and its shattering consequences,” the statement added.
Earlier in the day, in one of his first acts as new US President, Mr. Biden signed an executive order to stop the country’s departure from WHO, reversing the formal July 2020 decision by former president Donald Trump. Mr. Trump’s decision would have taken effect this July, as the formal withdrawal requires a year’s notice.
Mr. Trump had also halted funding for WHO in April last year, prompting global concern over the UN’s health agency’s ability to respond