United States of America (US) president Donald Trump doesn't like the World Health Organisation (WHO).
So much so that the country recently announced that it will be pulling out
as a member of the organisation effective July next year, cutting off a major part of funding for the organisation.
The latest in his beef with the organisation sees the US refusing to work with about 170 countries, led by WHO, on COVID-19 vaccine efforts.
The country will be working on its own vaccines
reported that the White House confirmed that it won't be working with the international community because the efforts are tied to WHO, which Trump claims is corrupt and on China's side.
"The United States will continue to engage our international partners to ensure we defeat this virus, but we will not be constrained by multilateral organizations influenced by the corrupt World Health Organization and China," White House spokesperson Judd Deere was quoted as saying in a statement.
"This President will spare no expense to ensure that any new vaccine maintains our own FDA's gold standard for safety and efficacy, is thoroughly tested, and saves lives."
According to reports, the US is already working on vaccines for COVID-19 and some of them are already at phase-3 of testing.
Phase-3 of testing is often the last stage of human testing before the results are sent in for licensing and such, the US centre of disease control and prevention website
These vaccines are made by Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech and two more are expected to reach phase 3 of testing soon.
"Under President Trump's leadership, vaccine and therapeutic research, development, and trials have advanced at unprecedented speed to deliver groundbreaking, effective medicines driven by data and safety and not held back by government red tape," Deere reportedly said.
US has the highest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the world
Despite the president and White House's reassurance, things don't look good for the US.
As of 2 September, the country has recorded 6,257,571 COVID-19 cases
and 188,900 deaths
If you have been to the US, know someone from there or even read news
about the healthcare in the "greatest county in the world", you'll know that their healthcare is not exactly great.
If you fall sick, you better have insurance or you can forget about getting affordable healthcare.
We don't know about you, but we're sure grateful for Malaysia's healthcare system, especially looking at what's happening in countries like the US.