White House slams WHO over criticism of push for coronavirus vaccine

White House slams WHO over criticism of push for coronavirus vaccine

After a U.S. health official said a coronavirus vaccine could be approved for use without conducting complete trials, the White House pushed back on concerns raised by the World Health Organization (WHO). The White House also said due to WHO involvement the United States will not enter a global initiative to produce, manufacture and distribute a coronavirus vaccine.

“The United States will continue to engage our international partners to ensure we defeat this virus, but we will not be constrained by multilateral organizations influenced by the corrupt World Health Organization and China,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement on Tuesday. Latest launches of late-stage clinical trials have seen the global initiative to create a vaccine against the virus that killed more than 858,000 people, as prevention progress has also intensified.

U.S. President Donald Trump was critical of the World Health Organization ‘s treatment of the coronavirus pandemic, accusing it of being too focused on China and providing poor advice. Trump declared in May that the United States is breaking links with the group. Phase III trials involving tens of thousands of healthy volunteers who assess experimental placebo vaccines are deemed important to evaluate safety and effectiveness before hundreds of millions of people are given to avoid or reduce the impact of Covid-19.