DeSantis Rips World Health Organization “Pandemic Treaty” Power Grab

During a press conference on Monday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) blasted a proposed World Health Organization (WHO) global pandemic treaty that many critics have argued would expand the organization’s power worldwide and erode national sovereignty.

“We in Florida, there is no way we will ever support this W.H.O. thing … that’s not going to happen. No way,” DeSantis said at the press conference in Cape Coral, Florida.

“But you saw, I mean, you saw a lot of these elites advocate very pernicious policies,” the governor added, noting that “part of the reason people want to move [to Florida] is because we rejected those policies, but they advocated very pernicious policies, including locking kids out of school.”

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DeSantis’ comments come after news broke that the WHO was pushing for the ratification of a “global pandemic treaty,” supported by President Joe Biden, which would “give the W.H.O. tremendous increases in power and funding, transferring much of the authority for pandemic control from member nations to the U.N. agency,” according to reporting by Breitbart News.

Breitbart also noted: “The Biden administration in January proposed amendments to W.H.O.’s International Health Regulations (IHR) that would eliminate all requirements for W.H.O. to consult with member governments before declaring a disease outbreak… Article 9 of the Biden administration’s proposed IHR amendments simply strikes out the existing requirement for W.H.O. to ‘consult with and attempt to obtain verification from the State Party in whose territory the event is allegedly occurring.’”

Critics argue that the new amendments to the treaty would significantly increase the WHO’s ability to usurp national governments during public health emergencies such as COVID-19.

Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, spoke out about the amendments, asserting that, if implemented, they “will result in a significant erosion in U.S. sovereignty – in our ability to determine for ourselves whether something constitutes a health emergency and, if so, the best approach to that emergency.”

Also responding to the proposed amendments, Sens. Steve Daines (R-MT) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) took a more drastic approach, urging Biden to withdraw the United States from the WHO entirely.

In their letter to the president, the GOP senators argued that the “corrupt” WHO has demonstrated an “abysmal lack of competence” in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, which “has destroyed the organization’s credibility and undermined the public’s confidence in it.”