WASHINGTON: Indian-US Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi said he was doing everything he could to get the Biden administration to deliver excess vaccines not used in the United States to India amid the second wave of COVID-19 pandemics.
He spoke at a webinar organized by Howard University here with Gautam Buddha University and the Association of Indian Universities.
“I have done everything I can to get the Biden administration to supply the surplus vaccines that we do not use in the United States for use in India.
“I encouraged them to share portions of our 80 million surplus vaccine doses.
They responded positively, but I am now proposing something even bigger, “said Rajakrishnamoorthi in his short speech on” Strategies for managing COVID-19, in particular access to vaccine supply “.
The congressman had also recently introduced the Nullifying Opportunities for Variants to Infect and Decimate (NOVID) law.
“It would stand up as a US program to vaccinate 60 percent of the world’s population. It is very important that we make sure that 60 percent or that we reach herd immunity in India and other countries,” he said.
“Not just because it’s the right thing to do out of compassion and morality, but it’s the smart thing to do. If we do not, variants from all other countries will return to harm everyone in the United States. So we must stand “up for this program and help everyone everywhere. Because COVID-19 everywhere is a threat to everyone everywhere,” he claimed.
The NOVID Act is an expansive coronavirus prevention program that will ensure that Americans are not subject to another deadly wave of COVID-19 domestic, according to a media release.
Under the NOVID Act, the United States would establish a $ 19 billion Pandemic Contingency and Response Program (PanPReP). USD through the State Department following PEPFAR’s model to oversee and coordinate the US Global Strategy for the COVID-19 Pandemic Meanwhile, a congressional spokesman rejected reports that the webinar hosted the Swadeshi Jagaran Manch (SJM).
“Congressman was invited to the event by Howard University, who hosted it and had no contact with SJM or was aware of their involvement,” Will Baldwin, communications director and senior adviser to the congressman, told PTI.