WHO welcomes US move to join effort to boost Covid vaccines, testing, treatments

Director-General of the World Health Organisation Tedros highlighted the importance of the US decision to join the effort, as he reiterated fears that international collaboration is growing increasingly fragmented. — Reuters pic
Director-General of the World Health Organisation Tedros highlighted the importance of the US decision to join the effort, as he reiterated fears that international collaboration is growing increasingly fragmented. — Reuters pic

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ZURICH, Feb 9 — The World Health Organisation’s head today welcomed the United States’ move to join a WHO-backed programme to accelerate tools to fight Covid-19, as US President Joseph Biden reverses the Trump Administration’s course.

The programme, formally called Access to Covid-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, is raising money to develop vaccines, diagnostics and treatments to tackle the pandemic, but still faces a roughly US$27 billion (RM109 billion) funding gap, WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

Tedros highlighted the importance of the US decision to join the effort, as he reiterated fears that international collaboration is growing increasingly fragmented, prolonging the pandemic even as new vaccines win approval. — Reuters

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