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US to Join Global COVID-19 Vaccine Program

US to Join Global COVID-19 Vaccine Program

Thursday, 21 January, 2021 - 09:45
Stephen Taren, who owns Wet Paint Printing + Design in Wilkes-Barre, puts his arm around a life-sized cutout of Joe Biden with Dr. Anthony Fauci, right, and former President Obama, Tuesday Jan. 19, 2021 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (Mark Moran/The Citizens' Voice via AP)

Dr. Anthony Fauci said US President Joe Biden on Thursday will order the United States to support projects to deploy COVID-19 vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics to people in need around the world.


Fauci also said the United States will cease reducing US staff counts at the World Health Organization and will pay its financial obligations to it.


Fauci, Biden’s top medical adviser on the pandemic, told the WHO’s executive board that the president will issue a directive Thursday that shows the United States’ intent to join the COVAX Facility, a project to deploy COVID-19 vaccines to people in need around the world — whether in rich or poor countries.


Fauci also said the United States would support the “ACT Accelerator” — an umbrella effort including COVAX that also focuses on distributing diagnostic tools and therapeutics for the coronavirus to countries around the world.


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