Fact Check: Will the World Health Organization (WHO) have the authority to lock down entire America?

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Quick Take

As claimed by Israel365 News, WHO will have the authority to lock down all of America. We fact-checked and found this claim to be False.

The Claim

Israel365News published an article on May 13, 2022, titled “ON MAY 22: WHO WILL HAVE AUTHORITY TO LOCK DOWN ALL OF AMERICA.” It further reads:

“Officials from the Biden Administration are working to give the World Health Organization the power to unilaterally declare a health emergency in any country, thereby giving them emergency powers. The message from the administration and the vote are going unreported by the heritage media, but former Congressman Michele Bachmann is working hard at sounding the alarm.”
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Fact Check

Will the World Health Organization (WHO) have the authority to lock down all of America?

No. Until the date of publication of this article, there is no law or legality passed that states that the World Health Organization will have any authority to impose a lockdown in America.

The World Health Organization (WHO), founded in 1948, is a specialized agency of the United Nations which acts as a coordinating authority on international health issues. It has made a broad mandate to “act as the directing and coordinating authority on international health work” within the United Nations system. But that doesn’t give them the authority to impose a country-wide lockdown.

The United States has proposed the existing International Health Regulations (2005). The proposed changes are on the agenda (see page four) for an upcoming meeting of the World Health Assembly, the main decision-making body of WHO. The assembly will be held from May 22 to May 28, 2022.

The proposed amendments do not include any mention of lockdowns or the WHO having any authority to impose any lockdown in the country. 

Hence, the claim remains false until the assembly decides to it otherwise.

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