In his pledge to continue the fight against COVID, and get 70% of the world vaccinated by 2022, President Joe Biden has announced that the United States will double the number of Pfizer vaccines that will be shared with the world. That magic number–one billion!
“At least 160 million shots supplied by the U.S. have been distributed to more than 100 countries, representing more donations than the rest of the world,” reports HuffPost.
The overall goal is to get as many people around the world vaccinated as possible to lower, and potentially stop, the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
President Biden is calling on other high-income countries to donate vaccines to lower-income countries to relieve them of the burden of purchasing vaccines for their citizens.
“We need other high income countries to deliver on their own ambitious vaccine donations and pledges,” Biden said according to AP News.
Lower-income countries are receiving significantly fewer doses than countries with higher income. This puts them at greater risk of getting and spreading the virus. This will affect those in the rest of the world because they will be able to get and spread the virus from those who aren’t able to be vaccinated.
In order to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, everyone has to pitch in and do their part. The virus is affecting us all so it’s only fair that we all help one another. In order for the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to significantly drop and eventually go away completely, the numbers in every country need to drop. The vaccine is currently one of the only things known to prevent numbers from drastically climbing. President Biden is doing the right thing by donating vaccine doses and encouraging other nations to donate as well.
Do your part and get vaxed. Don’t forget to wash your hands frequently and mask up when you are on pubic transportation or in an indoor public setting.
By Cierra Lemott, Sophomore, Columbia College Chicago
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