Jakarta: Dr. Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Adviser to the new United States (US) President Joe Biden, has said that the US plans to join COVAX in a bid to help poorer nations overcome covid-19.
"President Biden will issue a directive later today which will include the intent of the U.S. to join COVAX and support the ACT-Accelerator to advance multilateral efforts for covid-19 vaccine, therapeutic, and diagnostic distribution, equitable access, and research and development," Dr. Fauci said in his remarks at the World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board Board Meeting on Thursday.
An international coalition known as the COVAX Facility was established to ensure all countries will have equal access to any vaccines against the new coronavirus disease.
It is co-led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and WHO.
The COVAX Facility has secured two billion doses of vaccine from five producers, with options for over one billion more.
Dr. Fauci noted that responding to covid-19 and rebuilding global health and advancing health security worldwide will not be easy.
He also announced US plans to work with other countries to counter the erosion of major gains in global health, specifying HIV/AIDS, food security, malaria and epidemic preparedness.
"The United States will also work with the WHO and Member States to counter the erosion of major gains in global health that we have achieved through decades of research, collaboration and investments in health and health security, including in HIV/AIDS, food security, malaria, and epidemic preparedness," he stated.
Meanwhile, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus welcomed the US pledge to fully rejoin the organization.