After the increasing pressure and WTO’s urge about exporting COVID-19 vaccines to poor countries, the Biden administration is set to hold talks with the World Trade Organization (WTO) about providing access to the COVID-19 vaccines to lower-income nations.
Ron Klain, White House Chief of Staff said that Katherine Tai, a representative of Top United States trade will initiate the discussion with WTO about how the country can distribute COVID-19 vaccines more widely to help other nations to fight the ongoing pandemic with much-needed COVID jabs.
The US has experienced most COVID cases and deaths during the pandemic. Thus, the nation has sped up its own vaccination drive with over 56% of adults receiving at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine to date according to data by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
However, amidst the shortage of global vaccine supply and other challenges, several countries have not been able to inoculate their population. In light of the current situation, the US is considering the options on how the global production and supply of COVID-19 vaccines can be maximized. The talks between the Top US trade representative and WTO will set the direction and hopes of low-income countries about the fair distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.