Donating 500 million Covid vaccine doses not enough, US should do more: US Congressman Krishnamoorthi

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Indian-American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi has mentioned that donating 500 million doses of anti-coronavirus vaccine to the world, as promised by President Joe Biden, was not sufficient and the United States should do extra within the world struggle in opposition to the pandemic.

Before attending a G-7 summit in England, Biden on Thursday promised to donate 500 million doses of vaccine to bolster the struggle in opposition to the COVID-19 pandemic internationally.

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Later, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced that the G7 nations are set to decide to offering at the least 1 billion coronavirus photographs to the remainder of the world.

“While I’m glad the US will purchase 500 million doses to support global inoculation efforts with 200 million doses to be given by the end of 2021, that is not enough. This must be only the first step in a larger effort to expand and accelerate production and delivery of the billions of doses we need to end the pandemic,” Krishnamoorthi mentioned.

“Expanding global vaccination efforts is imperative for national security when the greatest threat to the success of our pandemic recovery is the emergence of new COVID-19 variants in countries facing outbreaks. Fighting that threat requires that we produce and administer as many jabs as possible as quickly as possible to limit the time and opportunities for the virus to mutate into more dangerous and even vaccine-resistant forms,” he mentioned.

Biden has introduced that the US is taking a significant step that can supercharge the worldwide struggle in opposition to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The United States will purchase a half a billion doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to donate to nearly 100 nations that are in dire need of it in the fight against this pandemic. That’s a historic step. The largest single purchase and donation of COVID-19 vaccines by any single country ever,” he mentioned.

These half a billion vaccines shall be shipped ranging from August. Two hundred million of those doses shall be delivered this 12 months, and 300 million extra shall be delivered within the first half of 2022, the US president mentioned.

He claimed the US has contributed greater than any nation to COVAX – a collective world effort that’s delivering COVID-19 vaccines internationally.

“We have supported manufacturing efforts abroad through our partnerships with Japan, India, and Australia known as the ‘Quad’. We’ve shared (vaccine) doses with our neighbours Canada and Mexico,” Biden mentioned.

However, Krishnamoorthi mentioned to totally meet the worldwide want for vaccines and to safeguard the United States as properly, not solely does it must dramatically increase manufacturing but in addition guarantee distribution and end-to-end supply to vaccinate at the least 60 per cent of the inhabitants of the international locations struggling most on this regard, as shortly as doable.

“This week, I launched the Nullifying Opportunities for Variants to Infect and Decimate Act to do exactly that via a USD 34 billion programme that may produce and ship the eight billion vaccine doses we want whereas constructing the infrastructure to observe and forestall new future strains and pandemics.

“Protecting our country from new coronavirus variants means producing and distributing billions of vaccines where they are needed and the NOVID Act would do precisely that,” he mentioned.

The Congressman additionally mentioned that he was glad that President Biden has taken step one ahead.

“But it must be the beginning of a far larger and far faster global vaccination effort on a much faster timetable in order to protect our country from the threat of new variants and to end this pandemic for good,” he mentioned. 

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