Daily US Times: America is facing calls to share coronavirus vaccines with other nations who have not yet got enough vaccine. Vaccine scarcity has been felt in Central America to Africa and Asia. In Africa, where just 36 million doses have been acquired for the continent’s 1.3 billion people, as well as in parts of Asia.
In the United States, nearly 90 million people, which is more than one-fourth of the population, has been fully vaccinated and supplies are so robust that some states are turning down planned vaccine shipments from the federal government.
This stark access gap is prompting increased calls around the world for the US to start shipping Covid-19 vaccine supplies to poorer countries.
That’s creating an early test for US President Joe Biden, who has pledged to restore American leadership on the world stage and prove to wary nations that the United States is a reliable partner after years of retrenchment during the Trump administration.
Senior vice president and director of the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic & International Studies in Washington, J. Stephen Morrison, said that as the United States moves from vaccine scarcity to abundance, it has an opportunity to “shape the outcomes dramatically in this next phase because of the assets we have.”
Joe Biden, who took office in January as the virus was raging in the US, has responded cautiously to calls to share vaccines from abroad.