WHO / US FAUCI TEDROS

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At the meeting of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) today, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros welcomed the pledge that the United States will remain a member of WHO. WHO

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STORY: WHO / US FAUCI TEDROS
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DATELINE: 21 JANUARY 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1.Wide shot, press briefing room
2.SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Chief Medical Adviser to the President of the United States:
“I am honored to announce that the United States will remain a member of the World Health Organization. Yesterday, President Biden signed letters retracting the previous Administration’s announcement to withdraw from the organization.”
3.Wide shot, press briefing room
4.SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Chief Medical Adviser to the President of the United States:
“The United States also intends to fulfill its financial obligations to the organization. The United States sees technical collaboration at all levels as a fundamental part of our relationship with WHO, one that we value deeply and will look to strengthen going forward.”
5.Wide shot, press briefing room
6.SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Chief Medical Adviser to the President of the United States:
“I am also pleased to announce today that the United States plans to work multilaterally to respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. President Biden will issue a directive later today which will include the intent of the U.S. to join COVAX and support the ACT-Accelerator to advance multilateral efforts for COVID-19 vaccine, therapeutic, and diagnostic distribution, equitable access, and research and development.”
7.Wide shot, press briefing room
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General:
“This is a good day for WHO, and a good day for global health. The role of the United States, its global role is very very crucial, and I send my deep thanks and warm congratulations to President Biden and Vice President Harris, and to the American people. Thank you, President Biden, for honouring your pledge to maintain the membership of the United States in WHO. And thank you for your commitment to join COVAX and support the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator.”
9.Wide shot, press briefing room

STORYLINE:

At the meeting of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) today (21 Jan), WHO Director-General Dr Tedros welcomed the pledge that the United States will remain a member of WHO.

Via a video link, Dr Anthony S. Fauci announced that “the United States will remain a member of the World Health Organization,” adding that “yesterday, President Biden signed letters retracting the previous Administration’s announcement to withdraw from the organization.”

Dr Fauci also said “the United States also intends to fulfill its financial obligations to the organization.”

He reiterated that the United States “sees technical collaboration at all levels as a fundamental part of our relationship with WHO, one that we value deeply and will look to strengthen going forward.”

The President’s chief medical adviser announced that the United States “plans to work multilaterally to respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Dr Fauci said, “President Biden will issue a directive later today which will include the intent of the U.S. to join COVAX and support the ACT-Accelerator to advance multilateral efforts for COVID-19 vaccine, therapeutic, and diagnostic distribution, equitable access, and research and development.”

In a statement issued Wednesday (20 Jan), UN Secretary-General António Guterres also welcomed the United States’ stated re-engagement with the World Health Organization, stating that supporting the WHO is absolutely critical to the world’s efforts for a better coordinated response against COVID-19.
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