The new US administration has expressed commitment to multilateral cooperation within the World Health Organization (WHO), the organization’s representative in Russia Melita Vujnovic told TASS.
"The US government has highlighted its new commitment to boosting cooperation with the WHO, multilateral cooperation in the global fight against COVID-19 and efforts to ensure emergency response," she pointed out, adding that the WHO director general had welcomed Washington’s decision to rejoin the organization.
Vujnovic noted that the US had committed to supporting work to speed up access to means of combatting the coronavirus and join the COVAX mechanism aimed at cooperation in ensuring access to vaccines around the world.
"It is an important step towards global solidarity, much needed at the moment. Since the WHO was founded in 1948, the US has been playing an important role in global healthcare, significantly contributing to the protection of public health worldwide," the WHO official added.
On his first day as US president, Joseph Biden signed an executive order reversing Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the World Health Organization.