Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) announced this week there is “no way” he would be supporting the World Health Organization’s (WHO) global pandemic treaty. The treaty began making waves online after news began to spread of the WHO’s annual meeting that started on Monday. The WHO is currently considering amendments from President Joe Biden’s administration to authorize the WHO to have control over when an international health emergency is declared, essentially nullifying American sovereignty over health crises.
“We in Florida, there is no way we will ever support this WHO. thing … that’s not going to happen. No way,” DeSantis said during a press conference.
He continued by calling out the global elites who are currently meeting in Switzerland.
“But you saw, I mean, you saw a lot of these elites advocate very pernicious policies,” DeSantis said, adding that “part of the reason people want to move here is because we rejected those policies, but they advocated very pernicious policies, including locking kids out of school.”
During the COVID pandemic, the WHO advocated for lockdown policies, influenced by the Chinese Communist Party, as well as vaccine mandates later in the pandemic.
Former President Donald Trump (R) withdrew the United States from the WHO, but Biden got the United States back in with Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, representing the United States in the executive committee.
Earlier this year, DeSantis pitted himself once again against the Biden administration, launching his own set of COVID guidelines along with the Florida Department of Health called “Buck the CDC.” DeSantis also launched a campaign targeted at Fauci called “Don’t Fauci My Florida.”
Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) expressed his displeasure with the United States’ affiliation with the WHO.
We must never allow Biden to use a “Pandemic Treaty” to give control over American public health decisions to the corrupt @WHO
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 21, 2022
The Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit legal ministry which offers pro-bono work defending religious liberty and pro-life litigants, said the WHO treaty is one of the largest power grabs in recent memory.
“The Biden administration is setting the stage to hand ultimate control of America’s healthcare system and U.S. national sovereignty over to the World Health Organization (WHO),” Liberty Counsel said.
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Grant Holcomb is a reporter at The Florida Capital Star and The Star News Network. Follow Grant on Twitter and direct message tips.
Photo “Ron DeSantis” by Gage Skidmore. CC BY-SA 2.0. Background Photo “World Health Organization Office” by Thorkild Tylleskar. CC BY-SA 3.0.