Influential US senators have asked the Biden government to develop a “comprehensive strategy” to confront the Covid-19 crisis in Latin America and the Caribbean, particularly by shipping anti-virus vaccines to this region.
Democratic Senator Bob MendesWho chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and colleagues Tim KaneAnd Democrat and Marco RubioRepublican, chair and consecutive top-ranking member of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, raised their concerns in a letter to the President of the United States.
“It is important that the United States expand its efforts to ensure that the world’s most vulnerable people are vaccinated.” In this context , We request that the Western Hemisphere be considered specificallyThey wrote.
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They noted that so far in 2021, 77% of those who traveled to the United States come from Latin America and the Caribbean, and many of them visit family members.
Given the frequency and number of people who travel between the region and the United States, We urge you to quickly create a plan to share vaccines with countries in needThey indicated.
Lawmakers praised the Biden administration for its stated willingness to ship COVID-19 vaccines to Mexico and Canada, and encouraged the same preparedness for the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, the Bahamas and other countries in the hemisphere.
The United States said in late April that it plans to ship up to 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine to other countries. That you will not need internally. But he did not specify the quantities, dates, or countries.
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Menendez, Ken and Rubio emphasized the “national strategic and security benefits” of facilitating neighborhood access to vaccines.
Without the commitment and leadership of the United States, Our competitors will continue their efforts to take advantage of their less effective vaccines to coerce the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean And in support of a diplomatic agenda hostile to ours. “
For example, they noted that in early 2021, China promised to ship vaccines to Paraguay “in return for the Paraguayan government to stop recognizing Taiwan.”
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Latin America and the Caribbean account for nearly a third of all deaths in the world from Ccovid-19.