United States to join WHO-led vaccine project: Biden’s chief medical adviser

Clay Curtis
January 23, 2021

Additionally, Fauci said the presence of these strains provides "all the more reason" for Americans to get vaccinated in order to prevent new strains from emerging.

The 180-degree US policy shifts - both to remain in the WHO and to join COVAX - are "important steps toward reestablishing America's leadership in global health", said UNICEF USA President and CEO Michael J. Nyenhuis.

As WHO members discuss reforming the WHO's financing, that should involve an assessment of what the organization can achieve with its current budget and how it can use those funds more efficiently, plus a business case for additional resources needed and whether it would expand its mandate, according to the United States delegation.

Fauci, who has advised multiple presidents on public-health crises, has been one of the most trusted voices in the country on the COVID-19 pandemic. He said the vaccine is the best way to fight back against the pandemic and help restore people's lives.

When a CNN host asked Friday morning whether the Trump administration's lack of "frankness" and sincerity on the pandemic had cost lives, Fauci responded, "You know, it most likely is". Trump regularly downplayed the threat posed by COVID-19, promoted unproven medical treatments for the virus, mocked the wearing of masks, urged states to end lockdowns quicker than public-health experts recommended, told Americans not to fear the virus, and contradicted scientists' advice. "So, we are continuing, but you're going to see a real ramping up of it", Dr. Fauci said.

A study by researchers at Cornell University and published in late September revealed that Trump was "likely the primary driver of the COVID-19 disinformation infodemic".

US President Joe Biden's chief medical advisor on coronavirus, Dr. Anthony Fauci, says the country will join an global effort for fair distribution of vaccines.

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Fauci also criticized the Trump administration's decision to leave so much of the pandemic response over the past year to state officials, rather than developing a national strategy and helping states implement it. "It's based on truth, not denial, and it's detailed", Biden said, speaking from the White House. "This is something that is doable", Fauci said on MSNBC.

Fauci addressed the Geneva-based group a day after Joe Biden's inauguration, underlining the new USA president's effort to mend ties with an agency crucial to fighting the pandemic.

The administration will expand vaccine manufacturing and its power to purchase more vaccines by "fully leveraging contract authorities, including the Defence Production Act", according to the plan.

"The idea that you can get up here and talk about what you know, what the evidence - what the science is, and know that's it, let the science speak, it is somewhat of a liberating feeling", he told reporters.

The United States is suffering from the world's most severe coronavirus outbreak.

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