On Monday, United States President Joe Biden said the country would be sending 20M more doses of its coronavirus vaccines abroad by the end of June 2021 while announcing that America is taking extra steps to help the world fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
Joe Biden said in remarks delivered from the White House East Room that they need to help combat the disease around the globe to keep them safe there at home and to do the top thing of helping other people.
For the first time, United States shipments overseas will include doses approved for domestic use as the supply at home begins to outstrip the demand.
The 20M Johnson & Johnson/Janssen, Pfizer, and Moderna vaccine doses will be on top of 60M AstraZeneca shots Joe Biden already planned to send to other nations.
The President said that this means that America will send around 80M shots overseas over the coming six weeks. That represents 13 percent of the COVID-19 vaccines produced by America by the end of June.
Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, during Monday’s daily briefing where she previewed Mr. Biden’s announcement, said that this is the most vaccine doses donated by any nation in the world by five times.
Jen Psaki responded to a reporter’s question on which nations would be receiving the shots from America that she expects they’ll have more in the upcoming days on what their criteria would be. America, so far, has shared only about 4.5M AstraZeneca vaccine doses with neighbors Mexico and Canada.
Developing a coordinated approach for sharing COVID-19 Jabs would end the Global Epidemic
Acting Chief Executive of The One Campaign, an international no-profit organization devoted to ending extreme poverty and preventable diseases, Tom Hart, said that the sooner America and other rich nations develop a coordinated approach for sharing COVID jabs with the world’s most vulnerable, the faster they would end the global epidemic for all. Moreover, a similar reaction to Mr. Biden’s declaration is expressed by the chief health officer of Project HOPE (an international non-governmental healthcare organization founded in America in 1958).
According to Dr. Tom Kenyon, at the current rate, it is likely that only 10 percent of people in the majority of impoverished nations would be immunized in 2022. Amidst vast supplies of coronavirus vaccines held by rich countries, including America, it has become unethical to withhold COVID-19 vaccines any longer from high-risk groups, such as global health workers in marginalized communities and nations who put their lives on the line daily to care for the sick and are themselves dying at dangerous rates.
A former global Health Director of the U.S. CDC, Kenyon, said America is very short-sighted if they think that immunizing only American people will be sufficient. COVID-19 is a dangerous disease spread through respiratory droplets and can’t be controlled locally if it remains unchecked worldwide.
President Biden’s declaration comes after the President was repeatedly pressed by some institutions in America and other nations’ leaders to bolster its effort to assist with a shortage of COVID-19 vaccines abroad.
The White House COVID-19 coordinator would lead the governments’ effort to share Jabs worldwide
The United States President also announced that Jeff Zients, the White House COVID-19 coordinator, would lead the governments’ effort to share jabs worldwide. Zients is to coordinate with the U.S. National Security Council (NSC) and other agency partners, including Gayle Smith, who is coordinating global diplomatic outreach at the U.S. State Department.
Mr. Biden said Monday that they would not use their vaccines to secure favors from other nations. That remark is viewed as indirect criticism of COVID vaccine diplomacy by Russia and China, which are accused of leveraging their supplies to improve relations and deepen influence with nations desperately seeking vaccine doses.