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Podcast: Why Global Health Policy Can’t Rely On A Compromised World Health Organization

Lanhee Chen joins Ben Domenech to discuss why global health policy can no longer rely on the WHO given their newfound relationship with China.



Lanhee Chen, a fellow at the Hoover Institution, joins Ben Domenech on The Federalist Radio Hour to discuss why global health policy can no longer rely on the World Health Organization (WHO) given their relationship with China.

Chen argues the WHO fails to perform its most basic tasks, whether it be during the coronavirus pandemic or years ago during the Ebola pandemic.

“It makes sense to have an organization that can deal with health care issues that cross national lines,” Chen said. “I think the frustrations with the WHO start at the operational level. And if you look back over the last decade or so, the WHO has been pretty ineffective with dealing with large scale outbreaks.”

Chen also points out that top bureaucratic officials in the WHO have odd ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The current director of the WHO was supported by the CCP.

“The current director of the WHO was backed heavily by the [People’s Republic of China],” Chen said. “The more pressing issue now, is this troubling link between how the WHO has handled the current coronavirus crisis and the way in which the top leadership in the organization is directly tied to the top leadership in [People’s Republic of China].”

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