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Congressman Krishnamoorthi Urges White House Action To Expand Global Vaccine Aid As New Poll Reveals 7-in-10 Americans Support Such Efforts

August 19, 2021
Press Release
116 Members Of Congress Have Already Joined Krishnamoorthi In Calling For Increased Vaccine Aid In Budget Package

WASHINGTON – According to a new a new poll released today by Public Citizen and Lake Research Partners, nearly 7-in-10 American voters favor the U.S. government investing in a worldwide vaccine manufacturing program and 8-in-10 say it’s important that all countries have ample access to vaccines. The poll of 1,500 likely 2022 voters also found that in addition to the 69% of Americans overall supporting a U.S. investment in global vaccine manufacturing, majorities of Democrats (86%), Independents (61%), and Republicans (54%) supported such efforts. Public Citizen presented the polling results in a virtual press conference Thursday, attended by U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.) who spoke on ongoing legislative efforts to increase global COVID-19 vaccine production and end-to-end delivery through his legislation, the NOVID Act (Nullifying Opportunities for Variants to Infect and Decimate).

“This poll demonstrates that Americans understand that to end the pandemic here in America, we must end it everywhere, and that’s why I introduced the NOVID Act to produce and distribute 8 billion vaccines to inoculate the countries most in need,” said Congressman Krishnamoorthi. “The vast majority of Americans recognize that it’s important that countries around the world have access to vaccines so they can vaccinate their citizens quickly and efficiently to save lives and prevent new variants from emerging. Already, 116 members of Congress have joined me in urging congressional leadership to include funding in the upcoming budget package for the production and global distribution of COVID-19 vaccines based on the NOVID Act. Earlier this month, I was joined by Reps. Malinowski and Jayapal in asking President Biden to support this effort as well. This poll demonstrates a clear public mandate from the American people for our government to act immediately to protect our own citizens and people across the world through an American-led global vaccination initiative."

“The American public overwhelmingly supports doing what’s right and necessary: massively ramping up coronavirus vaccine production so that everyone on the planet can be vaccinated,” said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen. “That’s a humanitarian imperative as the disease spreads faster and faster among low-vaccinated low- and middle-income countries. It’s also a requirement even to end the pandemic in the U.S.; as the Delta variant illustrates, so long as huge portions of the world’s population are unvaccinated, we face the prospect of new strains that will inevitably make their way back to the U.S.”

On June 8th, Congressman Krishnamoorthi introduced the NOVID Act, a detailed blueprint to invest $34 billion in global vaccine manufacturing and distribution to reach herd immunity in all 92 COVAX countries, with Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA). On August 4th, the above 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 117 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.  

The polling memo is available here.

View the full polling results here.