Congressman Krishnamoorthi Praises and Urges President Biden To Expand Global Vaccine Effort Beyond 500 Million Vaccine Donation, Accelerate Delivery
SCHAUMBURG, IL – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi issued the following statement in response to President Biden’s announcement that the United States would be purchasing 500 million coronavirus vaccines to donate to the world over the course of 2021 and 2022:
“While I’m glad our country will be purchasing 500 million coronavirus vaccines to support the global inoculation efforts, 200 million doses by the end of 2021, this is not enough. This must be only the first step in a larger effort to expand and accelerate the production and delivery of the billions of doses we need to end the pandemic. Expanding global vaccination efforts is a national security imperative when the greatest threat to the success of our pandemic recovery is the emergence of new mutant COVID-19 variants in the countries facing outbreaks. Meeting that threat requires that we produce and administer as many vaccines as possible as quickly as possible to limit the time and opportunities the virus has to mutate into more dangerous and even vaccine-resistant forms.
To fully meet the global need for vaccines and to safeguard our own country, not only do we need to dramatically expand vaccine production, but also ensure distribution and end-to-end delivery in order to vaccinate at least 60% of the populations of the countries most struggling to inoculate their populations, as quickly as possible. This week, I introduced the Nullifying Opportunities for Variants to Infect and Decimate (NOVID) Act to do precisely that through a $34 billion program which would produce and deliver the 8 billion vaccine doses we need while building the infrastructure to monitor and prevent new future strains and pandemics. Protecting our country from new coronavirus variants means producing and distributing billions of vaccines where they’re needed, not millions, and the NOVID Act would do precisely that.
I’m glad the President has taken this first step forward, but it must be the beginning of a far larger and far faster global vaccination effort on a much faster timetable in order to protect our country from the threat of new variants and to end this pandemic for good.”