US Turns Back on Global Coronavirus Vaccine Effort

 US Turns Back on Global Coronavirus Vaccine Effort

The United States has said it will not take part in a global effort led by the World Health Organization to develop and distribute a vaccine against the coronavirus [Henry Ford Health System via AFP]

Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur, keeping you updated for the next few hours.

The United States is turning its back on the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access Facility (Covax), a global effort to develop and distribute a coronavirus vaccine that is being led by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The pandemic has pushed Australia into a recession for the first time since 1991 after the country reported a second quarter drop in GDP that was the biggest since records began. 

The latest data from Johns Hopkins University shows more than 25.6 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, and 853,290 have died. Nearly 17 million people have recovered.

The White House says it will send most of its newly-purchased 150 million rapid response COVID-19 tests to the states for schools, day care centres and emergency services.

The tests can give a result within 15 minutes and cost $5.

US President Donald Trump is pushing schools to reopen but many districts are reluctant to do so while the virus continues to circulate. 

In New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio has reached an agreement with teachers unions for phased resumption of classes with physical teaching resuming on September 21.


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