“Another of Biden’s promises will have particular significance during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic,” reports Futurism: Back in July, he promised to reverse the incumbent Donald Trump’s controversial April decision to leave the World Health Organization — the United Nations’ agency that oversees and coordinates global public health efforts. “Americans are safer when America is engaged in strengthening global health,” Biden said at the time. “On my first day as President, I will rejoin the WHO and restore our leadership on the world stage.” The move wouldn’t just be a rebuke to his predecessor. Experts called Trump’s move a “dangerous gamble” and “unequivocally dangerous,” and entrepreneur and philanthropist Bill Gates slammed the move as being “as dangerous as it sounds.” Leaving the WHO seemed particularly reckless in the United States, where the pandemic had already spiraled out of control, surpassing the toll even in China, where it originated. COVID deaths in the US have now surged past 235,000, and daily infections are now hitting daily record highs — harbingers of what could be a brutal period of weeks or months during the waning days of the Trump administration.

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