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“People are dying, Joe”: Critics call Biden’s vaccine sharing plan “woefully inadequate” (Salon)

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“People are dying, Joe”: Critics call Biden’s vaccine sharing plan “woefully inadequate” – By Kenny Stancil (Salon) / June 7 2021

“The U.S. contribution to global vaccine access has been woefully inadequate to date”

The White House announced Thursday its plan to donate 25 million excess Covid-19 vaccine doses to other nations—a plan progressives described as an “inadequate” response to the ongoing pandemic, urging the Biden administration to invest $25 billion to ramp-up global vaccine manufacturing.

According to he Associated Press, the U.S. “aims to share 80 million doses globally by the end of June, most through COVAX,” the United Nations-backed program for global vaccine sharing. “Of the first tranche of 25 million doses, the White House said about 19 million will go to COVAX,” with the remaining 6 million directed to “U.S. allies and partners.”

“The donation of these few doses is welcome but deeply insufficient, and no substitute for a plan of scale and urgency to end the pandemic,” Peter Maybarduk, director of Public Citizen’s Access to Medicines program, said in a statement. “The U.S. needs to do more, much more.”

PrEP4All, an organization of people who have been personally affected by the HIV epidemic and are fighting for universal access to life-saving medications, reminded President Joe Biden that “people are dying.”

CONTINUE > https://www.salon.com/2021/06/07/people-are-dying-joe-critics-call-bidens-vaccine-sharing-plan-woefully-inadequate_partner/

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