White House criticizes WHO for doubts about American vaccine for COVID-19

White House criticizes WHO for doubts about American vaccine for COVID-19

White House criticizes WHO for doubts about American vaccine for COVID-19

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Tuesday expressed disagreement with the World Health Organization (WHO) concerns about the words of a US health official that the coronavirus vaccine could be approved in the country without completing full trials.

The Washington Post reported that the administration of US President Donald Trump will not join global efforts to develop, manufacture and distribute a coronavirus vaccine due to WHO's involvement in the project.

About 172 countries are participating in the WHO vaccine plan, one of the goals of which is to ensure fair and equitable access to the cure for the coronavirus, the organization recently said.

“The United States will continue to engage our international partners to defeat this virus, but we will not be held back by multilateral organizations influenced by the corrupt World Health Organization and China,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement.

There is no internationally approved coronavirus vaccine yet; only in Russia did the authorities register the vaccine before full-scale trials.

(Jeff Mason with contributions from Anne Maria Shibu. Text by Eric Beach. Translated by Olga Beskrovnova. Editor Anna Kozlova)

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