U.S. doesn’t join WHO global vaccine and drug initiative launch
US refuses to participate in global COVID-19 vaccine initiative
Washington explained this by the fact that efforts are led by &# 171; corrupt&# 187; WHO
The US says it will not participate in the global initiative to create, manufacture and equitably distribute COVID-19 vaccine as WHO is leading this effort.
More than 170 countries negotiate to participate in the Global Mechanism for Access to Vaccines against COVID-19, a joint project between WHO and other organizations.
“The US will continue to work with our international partners to defeat this virus, but we will not be held back by multilateral organizations influenced by the corrupt World Health Organization and China,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said..
President Donald Trump announced in July that he is pulling the US out of WHO, blaming the organization for failing to cope with the epidemic.
The Department of State said on Wednesday that the administration would therefore divert the $ 62 million that was supposed to be paid to WHO in this year’s membership fees to meet its obligations to the UN regular budget..
In terms of vaccine development efforts, Sury Moon, co-director of the Global Health Center at the Geneva Institute for International Affairs and Development Research, told the Washington Post that when the United States chooses “not to participate in any multilateral vaccine delivery effort, it hits the mark. “.
The Trump administration has launched its own COVID-19 vaccine initiative, Operation Warp Speed, to deliver 300 million doses of the approved vaccine by January..
Through this initiative, several pharmaceutical companies have received billions of dollars to develop, manufacture and test a potential vaccine..
“The incumbent president will spare no expense to ensure that the new vaccine meets "gold standard" The FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) has been rigorously tested for safety and efficacy and has saved lives, “Deere said..
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