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The Trump administration has said the United States will not join the WHO-led COVAX coalition, which seeks to create and mass-disseminate any possible coronavirus vaccine. The United States will not enter a multinational initiative to establish and spr...

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US Won’t Join WHO-Led Effort for Coronavirus Vaccine

Published by: O. Elijah
09/02/2020 04:36 PM

The Trump administration has said the United States will not join the WHO-led COVAX coalition, which seeks to create and mass-disseminate any possible coronavirus vaccine.

The United States will not enter a multinational initiative to establish and spread coronavirus vaccine, as multilateral bodies such as the World Health Organisation don't want to limit it, officials said on Tuesday.

 

"The United States will continue to engage our international partners to ensure we defeat this virus, but we will not be constrained by multilateral organizations influenced by the corrupt World Health Organization and China," the Washington Post first quoted White House spokesman Judd Deere as saying.

 

"This president will spare no expense to ensure that any new vaccine maintains our own Food and Drug Administration's gold standard for safety and efficacy, is thoroughly tested and saves lives."

 

While some countries are making striking bilateral agreements to obtain supplies of future COVID-19 vaccines, more than 150 countries under the guidance of the WHO, the Partnership for Disease Preparedness Technologies and the Gavi vaccine alliance have initiated a global cooperation initiative.

 

The COVID-19 Vaccinations Global Access Center, or COVAX, has been funded by conventional US allies including Japan, the European Union and Germany. The program would allow participants to obtain access to a variety of alternative vaccines such that when a successful approach is created a greater portion of the population may be vaccinated.

 

Critics have voiced concerns over the US decision to step away from the alliance, calling it "shortsighted" in the face of a global pandemic.

"Joining COVAX is a simple measure to guarantee US access to a vaccine — no matter who develops it first," tweeted US Representative Ami Bera from the state of California, who is also a medical doctor. "This go-it-alone approach leaves America at risk of not getting a vaccine."

The other significant possibility could be for the US to grow its vaccine but to hoard it to vaccinate people. This would leave the world vulnerable to imported cases of the virus, which would have a drastic effect on the US economy if the global economy did not recover.

 

Trump has repeatedly criticized the World Health Organization for its early response to the outbreak, accusing the organisation of colluding with China and engaging in a cover-up of virus information.

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