The Trump administration has said it will not work with an international cooperative effort to develop and distribute a COVID-19 vaccine because it does not want to be constrained by multilateral groups like the World Health Organization (WHO).
“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,” said White House spokesman Judd Deere earlier this week.
“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, [and] is thoroughly tested and saves lives.”
The decision to go it alone, first reported by The Washington Post, follows the White House’s decision in early July to pull the U.S. out of the WHO.
Trump has repeatedly claimed that the WHO is in cahoots with the Chinese government despite their meager contribution relative to the U.S.
So far, there is no coronavirus vaccine anywhere in the world that has been approved for full use.
Some nations have worked directly to secure vaccine supplies, but others are pooling efforts to ensure success against a disease with no geographical boundaries.
More than 150 countries are setting up the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access Facility (COVAX)
That cooperative effort, linked with the WHO, would allow nations to take advantage of a portfolio of potential vaccines to ensure their citizens are quickly covered by whichever ones are deemed effective.
Nigel Bell, Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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