Supplying India with excess Covid vaccine, US lawmakers urge Biden
Several US lawmakers and governors have urged the Biden administration to provide more Covid vaccines to India. They said India was in crisis and the United States had a responsibility to help close allies fight the deadly pandemic.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said “the crisis in India is devastating and demands more action from (US President Joe) Biden”. He said more Covid vaccines and medical supplies are needed to help one of our most important global allies fight this virus â. In a tweet, Abbott urged U.S. citizens to join him in praying for India.
Republican Senator Ted Cruz also made a similar request and said: “India is a critical friend of the United States. Biden’s vaccine-sharing program is flawed: we must prioritize our allies such as the United States. ‘India and make sure she gets the COVID-19 vaccines they desperately need. ”
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Senator Roger Wicker of the Senate Armed Services Committee said it was important for the United States to continue to help other countries defeat the coronavirus. He suggested that the United States had an excess of vaccine and that they should be sent to India. “Sending excess vaccines to close allies like India doesn’t just make sense, it’s the right thing to do,” the senator said.
Congressman Michael McCaul, however, said much-needed vaccines would be sent to India to continue supporting a longtime partner and ally.
“Glad to see vaccines and other much-needed therapeutics being sent to India to continue supporting a long-time partner and ally,” tweeted McCaul, a leading member of the House of Foreign Affairs.
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Congressman Adam Smith said “the Covid crisis in India and other countries has been devastating and more vaccines and medical supplies are still needed.” âTo beat COVID-19, we need to fight it both at home and around the world,â Smith added.
Indo-American Congressman Ro Khanna said that to help India cope with the shortage, the United States must send the vaccines it will never use, just as India has helped America if needed. Khanna is also a member of the House Armed Services Committee.
Congressman August Pfluger said the pandemic situation in India was “heartbreaking” and that the United States had a responsibility to help its ally. “We should immediately send additional vaccines and essential medical supplies,” he said.
As a member of the Indian caucus, Congressman Darren Soto thanked President Biden for announcing 25 million vaccines in hard-hit places like India.
Congressman John Curtis said that while 63 percent of American adults have received at least one injection, many friends in the United States do not have access to the vaccine.
“It is important that we share with countries like India – a return to normalcy and a possible end to this brutal pandemic will require some global cooperation,” said Curtis, a member of the House Committee on Energy and trade, cited by PTI. .
Congressman Troy Nehls urged President Biden to immediately send the surplus vaccines to India. He is a member of the House transport and infrastructure committee.
Making an almost similar point, Congressman French Hill said that in this global health crisis, it is important for the United States to target excess Covid vaccines to those around the world who need them most. âThe situation in India, one of our closest allies, is dire. I encourage the Biden administration to support India with vaccines when needed,â Hill said. He is a member of the House Financial Services Committee.
Congressman Tim Burchett said the United States must ensure India receives the vaccines. He said the response to the tragedy of the pandemic must be global. “We must work to close the gaps in our global warning system and work with our allies to make sure this does not happen again,” tweeted Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick.
(With PTI entries)
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