US stays away as world leaders agree action on Covid-19 vaccine

Video meeting seen as global endorsement of WHO and sign of Trump’s isolation on world stage

Global leaders have pledged to accelerate cooperation on a coronavirus vaccine and to share research, treatment and medicines across the globe. But the United States did not take part in the World Health Organization initiative, in a sign of Donald Trump’s increasing isolation on the global stage.

The cooperation pledge, made at a virtual meeting, was designed to show that wealthy countries will not keep the results of research from developing countries.

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US awol from world stage as China tries on global leadership for size

Mike Pompeo labelling the virus ‘Chinese’ has added to lack of international cooperation

When the UN security council and the G7 group sought to agree a global response to the coronavirus pandemic, the efforts stumbled on the US insistence on describing the threat as distinctively Chinese.

There are other reasons for the lack of collaboration in the face of a global crisis, but the focus on labelling the virus Chinese and blaming China pursued by the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, helped ensure there would be no meaningful collective response from the world’s most powerful nations.

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G7 leaders to hold emergency coronavirus video summit

Monday’s talks aim to strengthen financial markets and improve coordination on finding vaccine

World leaders are to hold a G7 video summit on Monday devoted to strengthening the financial markets during the coronavirus pandemic and improving coordination on finding a vaccine.

There has so far not been a coordinated international response, in contrast to the 2008 financial crash, with many countries opting for unilateral monetary and health interventions sometimes in competition with one another.

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Trump and Abe herald US-Japan deal in shadow of China trade war
  • Trump: corn sales ‘tremendous for farmers’ hit by tariffs
  • Abe: goal is to sign agreement at UN General Assembly

The US and Japan agreed in principle on Sunday to core elements of a trade deal that Donald Trump and Shinzo Abe said they hoped to sign in New York next month.

Related: White House insists Trump not having second thoughts on China trade war

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