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`It's a sore spot': Why officials are raising questions about Biden's vaccine donations
[former NM gov, former UN amb Bill] Richardson spoke with military leaders about the logistics behind getting U.S. doses into the country and the importance of freeing [American JOURNALIST!!1! Danny] Fenster despite his sentence of 11 years in prison, those people said, adding that Richardson was in constant communication with the State Department during the visits. Fenster flew home to the U.S. with Richardson Nov. 16. And a deal to send U.S. doses to Myanmar is currently under consideration by the Biden administration and COVAX, the global vaccine equity effort, according to those people and a senior Biden official.
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The notion that politics or diplomacy could play a role in determining which countries receive vaccine donations sparks broader concerns than fairness.
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To date, the U.S. has shipped more than 275 million vaccine doses overseas -- more than all other countries combined. But that only covers a small percentage of the billions of people in low- and moderate-income nations who lack inoculation. And the U.S. practice of earmarking donations to specific countries -- a practice also carried out by Europe and other wealthy countries ["mostly muslim" GCC?] -- has complicated COVAX's operations on the ground, according to global health advocates and U.S. officials working on the global effort to vaccinate the world.
by Cat on Wed Dec 8th, 2021 at 10:46:01 PM EST
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