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Biden’s chief medical adviser said the United States will be part of COVAX which aims to provide vaccines to poor countries.

The United States under President Joe Biden intends to join the COVAX vaccine project which aims to provide vaccines to poor countries, its chief medical adviser, Anthony Fauci, told the World Health Organization on Thursday. (WHO).

“President Biden will issue a directive later today that will include the intention of the United States to join COVAX and support ACT-Accelerator to advance multilateral efforts for the COVID-19 vaccine, therapeutic and diagnostic distribution, equitable access and research and development, ”Fauci told the WHO executive board.

The United States will remain a member of the WHO, Fauci said after Biden announced the end of the process of withdrawing from the United Nations health agency – a move made by Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump. Washington, which is the largest donor to the WHO, officially joined the Geneva-based body in 1948.

Trump had halted funding to the WHO and announced a process for the agency’s withdrawal in July 2020. The former president also refused to join the COVAX project.

Trump had said that the United Nations health agency “had failed in its basic duty” in its response to the coronavirus pandemic.

He had accused the WHO of mismanaging and covering up the spread of the virus after it emerged in China, and said it should be held responsible.

“China has full control over the World Health Organization, although it pays only 40 million dollars a year, against what the United States pays, or about 450 million dollars a year,” he said. Trump said in May of last year.



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