Is Joe Biden about to give the World Health Organization authority over the US government?

The World Health Organization’s 75th World Health Assembly is taking place May 22-28 in Geneva, Switzerland, and new amendments to the WHO’s International Health Regulations are on the table.

There are widespread concerns that the amendments proposed by the Biden administration will cede US national sovereignty over health to the WHO

The 13 pages of amendments certainly seem to grant the WHO the right to tell the United States what to do in the event of a pandemic.

They would allow the WHO to declare a health emergency in the United States, require the United States to report to an international “compliance committee” if it obeys WHO guidelines, and create an enforcement mechanism to essentially punishing nations that do not follow the WHO Guidelines.

Mat Staver, Founder and President of the Freedom Council said: “And that would mean whether it was social distancing, whether businesses were essential or not, whether churches were essential, lockdowns, different types of treatment, all of that would be under the jurisdiction and sovereignty of an international body and no longer under the United States of America.

Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), a senior member of the House Global Health subcommittee, called it a “flagrant violation of constitutional principle.”

Adding to suspicions about the amendments, they were sent to the WHO in January, apparently without public announcement, and were only discovered online last month.

The amendments are certainly worded in a way that appears to give the WHO authority over the US government, but how many teeth would they actually have?

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus claimed the amendments were a power grab, “distorted” and “disinformation”, saying the WHO could not override the sovereignty of member countries.

“The WHO is the expression of the sovereignty of the member states and the WHO is entirely what the 194 sovereign member states want the WHO to be,” Tedros said.

A Georgetown University law professor who helped draft the International Health Regulations that the Bush White House signed in 2005, Lawrence Gostin, said the WHO only had the power to make recommendations. “It couldn’t force a country to allow WHO staff to interfere in its public health decision-making,” Gostin said.

Travis Weber, vice president for policy and government affairs at the Family Research Council said then that the amendments are worrying, even if the International Health Regulations had the force of a treaty, which they do not have, the American Constitution would have the last word and not the WHO

“It means that even with a treaty that we are a party to and that the Senate has given its opinion and consent to, it does not supersede the constitution, even in the case of a treaty. It is similar to a law passed by Congress at its level of authority,” Weber told CBN News, “the Constitution always trumps that.”

And a new report says the amendments aren’t even expected to be decided this week.

However, it is to be feared that the changes will be incorporated into a new global pandemic treatyrequested by the WHO.

Republican Senators Steve Daines and Tom Cotton sent a letter to the White House on Friday calling on the United States to leave the WHO again as it did under President Trump, saying the World Health Organization “absolutely can’t trust more power”.

It is clear from several statements by the WHO that it wants more power to fight future pandemics. What is unclear is whether the proposed amendments would grant him the power that some say he will.

Aubrey L. Morgan