US Considers Sharing COVID-19 Vaccines With Other Countries
WASHINGTON – –
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the Biden administration is “exploring options” to share more coronavirus vaccine with other countries in the months ahead.
This Monday he announced the hiring of a coordinator for global COVID response and health security.
Blinken said the pandemic “won’t truly end at home until it ends worldwide,” and he said the United States is the country best positioned to bring governments, businesses and international institutions together to end the pandemic.
He introduced Gayle Smith, the coordinator for Global COVID Response and Health Security, a former administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development
“We won’t trade shots and arms for political favors. This is about saving lives. We’ll treat our partner countries with respect. We won’t overpromise and under deliver will maintain high standards for the vaccines that we helped to bring to others. Only distributing those proven to be safe and effective will insist on an approach built on equity,” said Blinken.