(Washington) With No “Conditions” or “Favor”: Joe Biden on Tuesday welcomed the more than 110 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines being distributed around the world by the United States, while also urging unvaccinated Americans to to take the plunge into the face of the rapid spread of the delta variant.
Posted on Aug 3, 2021 at 9:53 am Updated at 7:21 pm
“We are facing a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” hammered the American President during a speech in the White House.
“Experts tell us that these cases will escalate in the next few weeks, a largely avoidable tragedy,” he lamented.
“Vaccinating America and helping vaccinate the world is how we stand on the verge of defeating the pandemic,” said Joe Biden.
The United States has delivered 111,701,000 cans to more than 60 countries, most of them through the international Covax initiative, but also in cooperation with partners such as the African Union or Caricom (Caribbean Community), the White House had already described in more detail earlier. That means more vaccine donations than “all other countries combined”.
“It is in the interests of the United States to do this. The virus knows no borders, ”emphasized Joe Biden.
“These gifts […] are free “. In return,” there are no demands, no conditions “or” favor “; he went on, at a time when China and Russia are regularly suspected of using their own vaccine distributions for diplomatic purposes.
“We’re doing it to save lives and end this pandemic.”
In particular, Indonesia (8 million cans), the Philippines and Colombia (6 million cans or more) or Vietnam, Bangladesh, Pakistan and South Africa have benefited in particular so far. South (5 million or more).
These donations are “just the beginning,” according to the White House.
By the end of the month, the United States will begin shipping the 500 million doses of Pfizer vaccine it has pledged to 100 developing countries.
Google, Netflix, Disney
At the national level, Joe Biden reiterated the need for Americans to get their cans.
“If you haven’t been vaccinated, please do it,” he said, looking at the camera.
The president praised certain private sector initiatives and even thanked the big companies “Walmart, Google, Netflix, Disney, Tyson Foods”, who will require their employees to be vaccinated.
The United States hit the rate of 70% of adults receiving at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, almost a month after the date set by the president who wanted to celebrate this milestone on July 4th national holiday.
But the slowdown in the vaccination campaign, especially in the traditionally conservative regions of the South and Midwest, as well as among the youngest, impoverished populations and members of ethnic minorities, has meant something different.
However, the trend seems to have changed in the last few weeks, especially in the hardest hit countries.
Criticized from the left
The Democratic President, whose popularity has collapsed in the last few days but is still over 50%, needs to regain control.
It comes from a hectic week that has been particularly marked by new recommendations from health authorities. They are now also advising vaccinated Americans to put their masks back on indoors, in areas where the virus is heavily circulating.
To the chagrin of some elected representatives of the Republican opposition.
New York City Hall announced Tuesday that proof of vaccination will soon be required to gain access to restaurants, gyms and entertainment venues. When asked by journalists, Joe Biden expressed his strong support for this measure.
In the left wing of his party, too, anger against the Democratic President has raged for a few days, accusing him of not being able to react in time to avert the threatened deportation of almost 11 million Americans.
A moratorium expired on July 31st. Finally, on Tuesday, under pressure from progressives, US health officials declared a new moratorium until October 3.