There are promising vaccine candidates in the US, but if none of them wind up being viable, Trump’s decision to forgo the Covax effort will leave America and its 330 million people without a vaccine.
The Trump administration on Tuesday officially notified the United Nations that the United States would withdraw from the World Health Organization.
“Withdrawing U.S. membership could, among other things, interfere with clinical trials that are essential to the development of vaccines,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee.
The editor of The Lancet fact-checked the president just days after publishing an editorial calling for Americans to vote him out.
The United States is the largest sponsor of the WHO’s $4.8 billion annual budget, donating $400 million each year, or about 15% of the group's budget.