In an announcement, IMPACT requested the White House to send not less than half of the US’ stockpile of roughly 60 million surplus vaccines to India – the place half of the world’s new COVID-19 infections are presently taking place.
“This is not just a crisis for India, it’s a global crisis and India has become the epicenter. A global crisis requires a global response,” mentioned Neil Makhija, government director of IMPACT.
“If the US does not act quickly, new COVID-19 variants will continue to spill over into countries across the globe and into our backyard. As the US has done in the past, it must lead in this time of crisis and send immediate relief to India,” he mentioned.
Makhija recommended the Biden-Harris administration for offering crucial medical provides and lifting the embargo on vaccine uncooked supplies essential for India to produce the Covishield vaccine.
“But the scale of the response should match the scale of the crisis, and we call on the administration to do more. Redirecting a majority of our surplus vaccines to India will save millions of lives and support ending the pandemic globally,” it mentioned.
“By sending emergency medical supplies in addition to life-saving vaccines, the US can help fight against this global public health and humanitarian crisis. The Biden-Harris administration is uniquely poised to demonstrate America’s global leadership in the fight to end this pandemic,” he mentioned.
“Nearly half of the world’s new COVID-19 infections are happening in India. The US must deploy its resources in a proportional matter that meets the needs of this massive global crisis,” Makhija mentioned.
IMPACT mentioned that it’s engaged in common conversations with the Biden administration and is supporting efforts to flow into a letter from Congress spearheaded by Representative Krishnamoorthi.
“We are also galvanising the Indian diaspora in the United States with a petition to call on the White House to take these urgent actions and fight against the COVID surge in India. With nearly 5 million Indian Americans in the US, nearly every family has relatives, friends, and loved ones across India suffering from this urgent health crisis,” it mentioned.