Raja Krishnamoorthi is one of 12 members of the US Congressional Coronavirus Crisis Subcommittee. He asked the current administration to release the millions of doses that his country has in reserve. “When there are people who desperately need them, we cannot leave them stored in a warehouse,” he said.
While the vaccination plan in the United States is progressing at a good pace, a Democratic congressman from that country published a statement in which asked President Joe Biden that the surplus of millions of AstraZeneca vaccines be distributed to countries where the coronavirus is hitting the hardest, “including India, Argentina and others.”
The Indian-American Raja Krishnamoorthi, representative of the eighth district of Illinois in Congress, published on his website and on social networks the statement in which he asks a gesture of humanity towards countries where the covid-19 pandemic continues to grow and where there is a shortage of vaccines.
“At the moment, We have nearly 40 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine in stock in the United States. They are reserves that we are not using and that we have already opened to combat Covid-19 in Mexico and Canada. To stop the spread of this virus internationally and protect public health and our international economy, we need to distribute these vaccines right now, “says the statement from the US legislator.
“I respectfully but firmly call on the Biden Administration to release millions of doses of AstraZeneca to the countries most affected by the spread of Covid-19, including India, Argentina. and potentially others ”, he concluded.
The statement was posted on all social media platforms on Saturday afternoon. On Twitter, the congressman accompanied the text with the phrase: “We need to release the deprecated storage of AstraZeneca vaccines right now. In India alone, almost 350 thousand cases of covid-19 were reported today. When people in India and elsewhere desperately need help, we cannot leave vaccines stored in a warehouse. We have to take them to the places where lives can be saved ”.
Krishnamoorthi, who was born in New Delhi and moved to the United States with his parents at three months of age, plays a leading role in the fight against Coronavirus within Congress.
Since January, is one of the 12 members of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis in Congress, along with six other Democratic and five Republican representatives.
Precisely, throughout the almost year and a half of the covid-19 pandemic in the world, the representative of Illinois played a leading role in sponsoring and developing key policies to address the pandemic.
In March 2020 he was one of the main promoters of the call CARES Act, an economic stimulus of 2.2 trillion dollars destined to alleviate the economic crisis due to the pandemic, which was later signed into law by former President Donald Trump.
In addition, it promoted various investigations to analyze the response of the United States Government to the pandemic during 2020. It also commanded a study on the irregularities of the Drug and Drug Administration (FDA) in the regulation of serological antibody tests during the early phase of the pandemic.
The vaccine known worldwide as AstraZeneca was developed in parallel by the laboratory of the same name and specialists from the University of Oxford, in the United Kingdom.
During the last week, the Ministry of Health of Argentina started the distribution process Throughout different provinces, 800 thousand of the total 1,082,400 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine that arrived in the country. The same were made in South Korea and they arrived at Ezeiza airport from Amsterdam through the COVAX mechanism. These doses were distributed between the City of Buenos Aires and most of the provinces, with the exception of Chubut.
Krishnamoorthi’s statement came to light just at a time when India became one of the fastest growing points in the wave of infections and when its outlook is desperate: on Friday it reported 346,786 cases in 24 hours, which was a new world record for infections in one day. What’s more, surpassed Brazil as the Nation with the highest number of daily infections per million inhabitants (271) Y the average of daily deaths is 2,000 for a week.
Argentina, for its part, suffers a rapid increase in serious cases in what is presented as the beginning of the second wave. Intensive care bed occupancy increased 40% since March 15 and the situation is especially critical in the AMBA, where an average of 78% occupancy of ICU beds is recorded.