Global COVID relief “critical” to U.S. national security, Coons says
Global COVID relief “critical” to U.S. national security, Coons says

Global COVID relief “critical” to U.S. national security, Coons says

Washington – Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware said Sunday that additional funds to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide are “critical” to U.S. national security as Congress remains stagnant in providing additional pandemic relief.

“I think this is crucial to our national security. We have already lost 1 million Americans,” Coons said in an interview with Face the Nation. “I think we can and should justify these extra expenses as critical to our national security or as teaching our values, showing each other the best in the human spirit and the most central principles of the faith that inspires so many Americans. . “

President Biden urged Congress in March to approve an additional $ 22.5 billion in COVID-19 assistance to continue vaccination and testing efforts in the United States and prepare for future variants as well as fund global efforts to combat the pandemic.

Senate negotiators agreed to provide $ 10 billion to help the United States continue its fight against COVID-19, which failed global pandemic aid. But earlier this month, Senate Republicans blocked the measure from moving forward after Democratic leaders refused to allow votes on an immigration-related change.

The change would have prevented Mr Biden from abolishing a border restriction from the Trump era known as Title 42 which authorized U.S. border officials to expel migrants quickly to stop the spread of a contagious disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced earlier this month that it would end the rule due to improved health conditions, but the move triggered setbacks by Republicans and moderate Democrats, who warned that its termination would lead to border chaos.

Coons said it would be “challenging” to end the conflict between Democratic leaders and Republicans over the further COVID easing, but he hopes a settlement of Title 42 will be reconsidered “appropriately.”

“We can separate it, we should separate it from providing COVID assistance that will protect American lives and other lives, billions of lives around the world,” he said.

Another vote on COVID relief would not come until at least late April, as senators are in the middle of a two-week break.

Coons said he was “disappointed” that lawmakers could not come together to approve the additional assistance, which the White House has said is an urgent need to fund immediate pandemic-related needs.

“Just because we’re done with the pandemic does not mean it’s done with us,” he said. “The best way to protect the American people from the next variant that could kill more Americans and more people around the world is to ensure that the rest of the world has access to America’s vaccines.”

Coons also noted that there are “dozens” of countries that relied on vaccines developed by China and Russia that are not effective.

“This is also a great opportunity for us, in addition to protecting our own people, to show the rest of the world that we can be the charitable and caring nation we have long been and that we can help deliver innovation. , which protects billions around the world, “he said.

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