US says will not take part in WHO global drugs, vaccine initiative launch

Published: April 25, 2020
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GENEVA: The United States will not take part in the launching of a global initiative on Friday to speed the development, production and distribution of drugs and vaccines against Covid -19, a spokesman for the US mission in Geneva told Reuters.

“There will be no US official participation”, he said in an email reply to a query. “We look forward to learning more about this initiative in support of international cooperation to develop a vaccine for Covid-19 as soon as possible.”

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US President Donald Trump had announced a suspension of funding to the World Health Organisation (WHO), where it is the largest donor.

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will help launch the global initiative on Friday, the UN agency said ahead of the 1300 GMT event.

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