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Fauci pledges US Covax support in re-engagement with WHO

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Dr. Anthony Fauci laughs while speaking at a White House briefing on Thursday. Fauci President Biden's chief medical adviser on COVID-19 says he rejoiced when the new president declared that

"Yesterday, President Biden signed letters retracting the previous Administration's announcement to withdraw from the organization, and those letters have been transmitted to the Secretary-General of the United Nations and to you Dr. Tedros, my dear friend. I had to do something that was not comfortable, but I did it, and I had to be directly contradicting not only the president but some of the people around the president who were saying things that just were not consistent with the science".

In a dramatic about-turn, the new U.S. administration on Thursday thanked the World Health Organization for leading the global pandemic response and vowed to remain a member state.

Fauci added, "I mean, it was so clear when we sent it down: 'Why would you want to go on Rachel Maddow's show?' 'Well, because I like her and she's really good.' 'It doesn't make any difference".

Anthony Fauci, the government's top infectious disease expert, announced Thursday that the New Jersey-based pharmaceutical company will likely have enough data to begin an analysis in the next week or two.

In his first press briefing as President Joe Biden's chief medical adviser, Fauci said that while new strains of the coronavirus originally discovered in Britain and South Africa do not on a "one-to-one basis" present a greater risk of illness or death, the variant found in Britain is about twice as transmissible as the original strain of the virus.

"That's a very liberating feeling, where people don't have to be anxious about when you're saying something that you're going to get pushback from your own team", he says.

"But it did get a bit of pushback from people in the White House, including the president". The United States, he said, is committed to building global health security capacity and pandemic preparedness, creating new financing mechanisms for health security, strengthening supply chain networks, and nourishing science as a whole. "This may save your life", he said. Biden also released a 198 page document on how his administration plans to get a handle on the pandemic's deadly surge.

Biden has also rescinded Trump's planned withdrawal from the World Health Organisation.

Biden has set a goal of having K-8 schools open safely in his first 100 days.

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention says almost 38 million vaccine doses have been distributed in the USA, with more than 17.5 million doses administered.

Biden has put fighting the disease at the top of a daunting list of challenges, including rebuilding a ravaged economy and addressing racial injustice, and has proposed a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 package that would enhance jobless benefits and provide direct cash payments to households to alleviate the financial pain from the coronavirus.

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