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Congressman Krishnamoorthi On Announcement The US Will Soon Be Shipping An Additional 25 Million Vaccines Abroad: “To Help Others and Protect America, We’ve Passed The Time To Talk About Millions Of Doses, We Need To Be Talking About Billions”

June 3, 2021
Press Release

SCHAUMBURG, IL – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi issued the following statement in response to the Biden Administration’s announcement that the nation would be sharing 25 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, with other nations, in addition to its commitment to share its stockpile of AstraZeneca Vaccines:

“I welcome the news that the Biden Administration will be sending 25 million vaccine doses to our partners abroad to help them combat their COVID-19 outbreaks, but this is an unfortunately small step forward when drastic, rapid action is needed. As coronavirus outbreaks continue to rage across the world, we’ve passed the time to talk about millions of doses —- we need to be talking about billions, and how we can distribute and administer them as soon as possible to save lives both abroad and in the United States. That means dramatically expanding our vaccine production capacity into the billions, our rate of vaccine procurement, and the scale of our international partnerships to ensure that vaccines reach those who need them, and that we effectively protect ourselves in the process. I’ll be introducing legislation next week to address these challenges and to end the pandemic across the world to prevent new variants from sparking another COVID-19 outbreak in America. I look forward to working with the Biden Administration on this legislative initiative to ensure our international efforts to combat the coronavirus meet the scale of the crisis in order to end the pandemic and save as many lives as possible.”