Congressman Krishnamoorthi, Co-Chair Of The COVID-19 Global Vaccination Caucus, Applauds President Biden’s Vaccine Summit And Urges Expanded Vaccine Investment In Budget Package
SCHAUMBURG, IL – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi issued the following statement today in response to news of President Biden’s plan for a global summit on COVID-19 vaccine supplies:
“I'm heartened to see President Biden is heeding the call for American leadership to expand international vaccine aid, but it's imperative that any summit be accompanied by a dramatic expansion of our vaccine manufacturing infrastructure, our donation programs, and our support for building international vaccine delivery supply-chains. A global summit can undoubtedly help draw the global commitments necessary to vaccinate the world and end this pandemic, but those efforts will only succeed if we meet the President’s own goal of serving as the world’s arsenal of vaccines in our actions as well as our rhetoric. That’s why I urge President Biden to join 116 Members of Congress and me in calling for the inclusion of a major expansion of our vaccine aid program in the current budget reconciliation package. Through calling for this summit, President Biden has demonstrated his recognition of the dangers of failing to vaccinate the world. Through supporting a dramatic expansion of our vaccine investments in the budget reconciliation package, he can show he also recognizes the solution.”
Earlier this month, U.S. Representatives Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08), Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Tom Malinowski (NJ-07), Mark Pocan (WI-02), and Jake Auchincloss (MA-04), along with Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts, launched the COVID-19 Global Vaccination Caucus. This builds on Congressman Krishnamoorthi’s previous efforts to expand global vaccine aid, including introducing the NOVID Act on June 8th, along with Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), which provided a detailed blueprint to invest $34 billion in global vaccine manufacturing and distribution to reach herd immunity in all 92 COVAX countries. On August 4th, the aforementioned Members and Representative Malinowski penned a letter to President Biden, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer with 116 Members of Congress requesting the NOVID Act provisions be included in any reconciliation package. On August 10th, 175 public health experts separately wrote to the President demanding that he act immediately to invest in global vaccination. Earlier this year, Congressman Auchincloss called for a Marshall Plan for vaccines and led a resolution backing such an effort with 21 colleagues.