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Chairman Sires Urges the Biden Administration to Send Excess Vaccines to the Caribbean

May 12, 2021
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – In response to media reports indicating that U.S. states are requesting only a small portion of the vaccines that have been allocated to them by the federal government and in advance of a Congressional hearing he will chair on May 13th on COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean, Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, Migration, and International Economic Policy issued the following statement:

“I urge the Biden administration to act swiftly and immediately begin sending excess vaccines to our partners and allies in the Caribbean. This virus does not recognize borders. None of us will be safe from COVID-19 until all of us are. As new and more severe variants are emerging by the day, we must approach the task of vaccinating our neighbors with the urgency it deserves. It is in the United States’ economic and national security interest to ensure our friends and allies in the Caribbean have the vaccines they need to protect their populations. This effort is even more urgent as hurricane season approaches and as vaccinated Americans begin to resume travel to the Caribbean. I urge President Biden to make clear that the United States stands shoulder to shoulder with our Caribbean partners and allies in this moment of need.”