President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday directing the U.N. to consider a proposal from the World Health Organization to temporarily suspend or even terminate all global pandemic measures, which have included the use of vaccines, in the coming weeks.
The announcement comes as Trump and top health officials continue to struggle to come up with a global plan to halt the spread of the virus.
Trump’s order also directs the U to provide funds for efforts to combat the spread, including through health care and public-private partnerships, as well as other measures, including financial assistance for states and cities.
While the order doesn’t specify which nations will be affected, Trump said that the U and other nations must work together to ensure the global response can be successful.
The order also requires the U “to provide the necessary resources” to the WHO, including $10 billion for vaccine production.
The U.K. and the U in the U.-China Economic and Security Review Commission have also launched investigations into the use and sale of vaccines.
The WHO has warned that if the global pandemics plan is not implemented, there could be “catastrophic consequences.”
The WHO also said it has received no assurances from the Trump administration that vaccines would be safe for use in the United States.
The organization said it had received “no credible assurances” from the administration that they will be safe in the hands of American consumers.