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UN chief welcomes US re-engagement with WHO

Jan 21, 2021 10:14 IST

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed the United States’ stated re-engagement with the World Health Organization, saying supporting the health agency is “absolutely critical” to combating the Covid-19 pandemic.

He said Washington joining the global vaccine initiative will boost efforts to ensure equitable access to vaccines for all countries.

"Supporting the WHO is absolutely critical to the world’s efforts for a better coordinated response against Covid-19,” a statement issued by the UN Chief's spokesperson on Wednesday said.

Guterres said now is the time for unity and for the international community to work together in solidarity to stop the virus and its shattering consequences.

“With vaccines being a critical tool in the battle against Covid-19, the United States joining and supporting the COVAX facility will give momentum to efforts to ensure equitable access to vaccines for all countries,” the statement said.

Angry at the WHO for its handling of the coronavirus, which he had termed “China virus” due to its origin in the Chinese city of Wuhan, Biden's predecessor Donald Trump had halted funding to the global health agency last year.

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