MORE THAN 60 WEALTHY NATIONS JOIN WHO’S COVID-19 VACCINE PLAN
More than 60 wealthy nations have joined a WHO-backed program to facilitate poor countries’ access to coronavirus vaccines, but the US and China are not on the list published Monday.
Among those who have signed up are “the European Commission … on behalf of 27 EU member states plus Norway and Iceland,”
The United States, which under President Donald Trump has relentlessly criticized the WHO’s handling of the pandemic and which is in the process of withdrawing from the organization, is not on the list.
And China, where the novel coronavirus first surfaced late last year, is also absent.
The World Health Organization has in coordination with the global vaccine alliance group Gavi and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) created a mechanism aimed at ensuring a more equitable distribution of any future COVID-19 vaccines.
But the mechanism, known as Covax, has struggled to raise the funds needed to provide for the 92 low-income countries and other economies that quickly signed up.