Faith-Based Global Vaccine Access Letter to President Biden
July 23, 2021
CCIH joined over 80 faith-based organizations in sending a letter to the Biden administration urging them to ramp up global vaccine access. We wish to express our gratitude for the Administration’s commitment to donate 500 million vaccine doses through COVAX and to other “hot spots” around the world. However, we witness the great inequality in vaccine access between rich countries and low-and middle- income countries as well as within countries themselves. The United States is approaching the goal of a 70% vaccination rate and pharmaceutical companies are working on possible booster shots. Meanwhile, most countries have yet to secure, or are only now receiving, vaccine doses and are facing the possibility of vast majorities of their people not receiving a vaccine until 2022 or as late as 2024. With this letter we, and fellow organizations, implore the Biden administration to Continue to distribute the surplus doses the United States has purchased to COVAX-AMC (for distribution to lower-income countries) and to “hot spots” around the globe; and prioritize worldwide distribution of vaccines to those without access before considering booster shots for the already vaccinated.
SEE THE LETTER