The White House spokesperson, Judd Deere said, “The US 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 WHO and China.”
Adding, “This president will spare no excuse to ensure that any new vaccine maintains our own FDA’s gold standard for safety and efficacy, is thoroughly tested and saves lives.”
The US will not participate in an international effort to develop and distribute a coronavirus vaccine because the initiative is tied to the WHO.
The cases topping 6 million, will keep the US isolated from the more 170 countries involved in the COVAX initiative working to provide worldwide access to an effective vaccine.
Deere said, “Under Trump’s leadership, vaccine and therapeutic research, development and trials have advanced at unprecedented speed to deliver groundbreaking, effective medicines driven by data and safety and not held back by government red tape.”
Critics have questioned whether the WHO is independent enough, given China’s rising wealth and power. They point to the WHO’s effusive praise of China’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Agency officials have defended their early actions, when it came to fighting the coronavirus, noting that much was unknown about the virus back in January.
In July, the Trump administration notified Congress and the UN that the US is formally withdrawing from the WHO.
Trump, who has long eschewed global alliances and institutions has increasingly blamed others, including China and the WHO, amid scrutiny of his own administration’s response to the pandemic.
Two covid vaccines are in Phase 3 trial in the U, those made by Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech and two more are expected to begin Phase 3 trials by mid-September.