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U.S. Refuses to Join Global Effort to Develop COVID-19 Vaccine

HeadlineSep 02, 2020

As the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 nears 185,000, the Trump administration is refusing to join more than 170 countries in a global effort to develop a coronavirus vaccine. The administration opposes the effort in part because of the involvement of the World Health Organization. Public health officials warn the move could leave the United States without access to a vaccine if the global effort succeeds and U.S. efforts fail. Kendall Hoyt of Dartmouth’s School of Medicine said, “Just from a simple risk-management perspective, this is shortsighted.”

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