FILE PHOTO: Flags of U.S. and U.N. are seen close to the UN constructing the place heads of state and officers are attending the 73rd session of the United Nations Common Meeting at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 27, 2018. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

GENEVA (1) – The USA will not take part in the launching of a global initiative on Friday to hurry the event, manufacturing and distribution of medication and vaccines in opposition to COVID-19, a spokesman for the U.S. mission in Geneva instructed 1.

“There will be no U.S. official participation”, he stated in an e mail reply to a question. “We glance ahead to studying extra about this initiative in help of worldwide cooperation to develop a vaccine for COVID-19 as quickly as potential.”

U.S. President Donald Trump has introduced a suspension of funding to the World Well being Group (WHO), the place it’s the largest donor. French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will assist launch the global initiative on Friday, the U.N. company stated forward of the 1300 GMT occasion.

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; modifying by Nick Macfie