‘Absurd and madness’: outrage after Trump excludes US from WHO-backed global vaccination cooperation pact

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Sparking a wave of critical backlash from health experts and lawmakers, the Trump administration announced on Tuesday afternoon that it would not participate in “the global effort to develop, manufacture and distribute a vaccine against the coronavirus equitably. , in part because the World Health Organization is involved ”—A decision on Washington Post said that “may shape the course of the pandemic and the country’s role in health diplomacy” going forward.

The aim of the Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access (Covax) mechanism is “to accelerate the development of vaccines and to secure the doses for all countries and to distribute them to the highest-risk segment of each population”, explained the Publish.

As more than 170 countries are in negotiations to participate in Covax, Judd Deere, a White House spokesman, told reporters that “the United States will continue to engage our international partners to ensure we defeat this virus, but we will not be coerced by multilateral organizations influenced by the corrupt World Health Organization and China. ”

the Publish described the move as “the administration doubling down on its bet” that the United States will win the so-called “vaccine race.”

Yet by forgoing the opportunity to “secure the doses of a pool of promising vaccine candidates,” the Trump administration is pursuing a “potentially risky strategy,” the newspaper reported.

Lawrence Gostin, professor of global health law at Georgetown University, told the Publish “America is taking a huge gamble by adopting a ‘go-it-alone’ strategy.

Senator Chris Van Hollen tweeted that “Trump’s ‘go-it-alone’ strategy has already given us the highest death toll in the world. At his inauguration he spoke of “American carnage” and now seems determined to make it a reality. ”

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