The United States supported the WHO resolution on the coronavirus pandemic proposed by the European Union, but differed from what it said about intellectual property in drugs and vaccines and abortion, Reuters reported.
The U.S. mission to the United Nations in Geneva said assessing the organization’s actions during the pandemic would ensure “a full and transparent understanding of the source of the virus, the chronology of events … and the decision-making process for responding to the pandemic.” WHO “, BTA reports.
However, the statement of the American mission says that it differs from the reference in the resolution to the intellectual property right according to the so-called TRIPS Agreement (Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property), which allows the compulsory licensing of medicines and vaccines during a health emergency.
Such language “could send the wrong message to inventors, who are key to the solutions the whole world needs,” US officials said.
The government of President Donald Trump “believes in the legal protection of the unborn” and cannot accept the idea of an internationally recognized right to abortion, the statement said.