04/26/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/26/2021 12:53
SCHAUMBURG, IL - Following reporting by the Associated Press, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL-08) commended the White House for agreeing to share up to 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine with countries in need after he called on them to do so this weekend. Krishnamoorthi, an Indian-American immigrant and member of the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, expressed the dire need for sharing these unused vaccines with India, Argentina, and other hardest-hit countries as they experience massive and deadly surges in the spread of COVID-19.
'I'm very glad the White House listened to us - their reported plan to share unused AstraZeneca vaccines with countries in need, such as India, is a big move that will save lives provided we execute this plan quickly,' said Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi. 'The AstraZeneca vaccine does not currently have FDA authorization in the U.S. and will not be used to save lives here in the near future, so it only makes sense to share our stockpile to curb this deadly virus with countries like India who have recorded over one million COVID-19 cases in the last three days alone. I await details as to how quickly this plan can be implemented because time is of the essence.'