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US Is Seeking to Secure Medical Supplies for Covid-19 Fight

  • Thomas-Greenfield set to announce initiative at UN Friday
  • Move comes as foreign demand for Covid-19 vaccines slows
US ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield speaks to Secretary General of the UN Antonio Guterres, right, at the UN headquarters on Sept. 22.

US ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield speaks to Secretary General of the UN Antonio Guterres, right, at the UN headquarters on Sept. 22.

Photographer: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images 

The Biden administration will help set up a clearinghouse of medical supplies with other nations to fight Covid-19, and will expand a “test-to-treat” program in 10 countries to distribute therapeutic drugs, a senior State Department official said.

Countries that back the Global Action Plan on Covid-19 will pledge to create a mechanism to secure and distribute the goods -- such as masks and oxygen -- and raw materials required to combat a pandemic, according to the official, who asked not to be identified discussing plans that still aren’t public.