White House Slams WHO Over Criticism Of Push For COVID-19 Vaccine

Human challenge trials are controversial but may just help us get a COVID-19 vaccine sooner. File

Human challenge trials are controversial but may just help us get a COVID-19 vaccine sooner. File

The White House spokesman Judd Deere said that USA will continue to engage with its worldwide partners to ensure that they defeat this virus.

"This President will spare no expense to ensure that any new vaccine maintains our own FDA's (Food and Drug Administration) gold standard for safety and efficacy, is thoroughly tested, and saves lives".

By refusing to take part, the U.S.is effectively cutting itself off from the more than 170 countries in discussions to join the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility, or COVAX.

The FDA said last week it will hold a meeting of its advisory committee to address the general development of COVID-19 vaccines on October 22, and have additional meetings as applications for coronavirus vaccines are submitted.

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Public health officials warn the move could leave the United States without access to a vaccine if the global effort succeeds and USA efforts fail.

The U.S. isn't interested in the rest of the world's brainpower - and manufacturing power - when it comes to developing a COVID-19 vaccine.

Already the United Kingdom has bought 100m doses of the vaccines, while the European Union has bought 300m.

Canada is still considering a contribution to the worldwide vaccine coalition known as COVAX, which aims to equitably distribute a COVID-19 vaccine to poorer countries that can't afford one.

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Instead, the administration is convinced that it will be first to develop and distribute a vaccine and, therefore, eliminate the U.S.'s chance to receive doses from a pool of "promising vaccine candidates" The Washington Post reports.

It said it does not want to be constrained by multilateral groups like the World Health Organization which is in need of reform. While the United States has always been the biggest contributor to the World Health Organization and a major funder of vaccine initiatives, it, however, could pledge surplus doses of vaccine to Covax to ensure that they are equitably distributed.

As part of the USA study, participants will randomly receive two doses of either AZD1222 or a saline control four weeks apart, with twice as many participants receiving the potential vaccine than the saline control, according to AstraZeneca.

The British drugmaker is working with governments and other partners to ensure there is "broad and equitable access to the vaccine" if clinical trials prove successful, the company said.

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