Covid-19 drug buyout: US’s EU representative denies ‘America First’ policy on Remdesivir

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Ronald Gidwitz, the Acting US Representative to the European Union, speaks to FRANCE 24 about the European “ban” on US citizens entering EU states; tells us why President Donald Trump is planning to relocate a quarter of the US troops currently based in Germany; and pushes back on a claim from the EU’s Trade Commissioner that Washington is launching politically motivated attacks on European exports to the US. Asked about the US buying up doses of Remdesivir, a drug believed to cut recovery times for Covid-19 patients, Gidwitz denies the existence of an “America First” policy.

We also discuss renewed tensions between Washington and its allies in Paris and Berlin over the Trump Middle East plan, which would see Israel annex swathes of Palestinian territory in contravention of international law.

Produced by Isabelle Romero, Mathilde Bénézet, Céline Schmitt and Perrine Desplats

 

Source: https://www.france24.com/en/europe/20200709-covid-19-drug-buyout-us-s-eu-representative-denies-america-first-policy-on-remdesivir