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US refuse to join global COVID-19 vaccine initiative


The United States will not participate in international efforts to develop and distribute a vaccine against COVID-19, as this initiative is linked to the World Health Organization (WHO), the White House said.

Gage Skidmore
Gage Skidmore
"The United States will continue to engage our international partners to ensure that we defeat this virus, but we will not be limited to multilateral organizations influenced by the corrupt World Health Organization and China," White House spokesman Judd Deere said.

"President will spare no expense to ensure that any new vaccine meets the US Department of Health's own gold standard for safety and efficacy, is rigorously tested and saves lives," he added.

More than 170 countries are participating in the WHO and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) COVAX initiative to ensure global access to an effective coronavirus vaccine for all countries.

Currently, two vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer / BioNTech are undergoing Phase III trials in the US. Two more are expected to begin Phase 3 trials by mid-September.

In July, the administration of US President Donald Trump notified Congress and the United Nations of its intention to formally withdraw from WHO. The decision will enter into force on July 6, 2021.

source: cnn.com