Covid-19: US will not join WHO in developing vaccine – The BMJ

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The Trump administration said on 1 September that it would not join Covax, the initiative led by the World Health Organization to develop and distribute a covid-19 vaccine.

A White House spokesman told the Washington Post, “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.”1

President Donald Trump withdrew the US from WHO in July because he considered that it favored China, despite protests by health experts.2 Each year the US gives WHO about $450m (£337m; €379m), which provides about 15% of WHO’s budget.

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