US should give more doses faster, experts say

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In the next month, the United States could start a process of global COVID-19 vaccine distribution that saves millions of lives, asserts its stature as a beacon for the world and makes the nation itself safer. But it must happen quickly, experts say,and more doses need to be donated to the cause. 

“There’s no time to lose,” said Dr. Krishna Udayakumar, director of the Duke Global Health Innovation Center at Duke University.

By donating millions of vaccine doses it bought but doesn’t need and stepping up as a role model forother countries, America could change the course of the pandemic, experts told USA TODAY.

President Joe Biden has begun the process. On Monday he announced the U.S. would send 20 million doses abroad in addition to the 60 million he recently promised to India.

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“Rampant disease and death in other countries can destabilize them and pose a risk to us as well. New variants could arise overseas that could put us at greater risk,” Biden said. Helping other countries is “the right thing to do. It’s the smart thing to do. It’s the strong thing to do.”

But speed – and volume – are of the essence, experts say.

“The supply constrain is right now and will be most deeply felt for the next six to nine months,” said Orin Levine, director of the global vaccine delivery programs at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Getting vaccine out now also will do the most good because in a pandemic, vaccines are a lot like compound interest.

“Saving early pays off in the long run. Vaccinating early pays off a lot,” Levine said.

Wait until an outbreak is raging, as it is now in India, and it’s too late to make much of a difference with vaccines, said William Moss, a vaccine expert at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Owen Mayhttps://allstocksnews.com
Owen May is the editor-in-chief of AllStocksNews. He has a master's in economics and you will find him covering various topics.

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