In nationwide protests, AHF advocates took to the streets to launch the “Share American Vaccines Everywhere” (SAVE) campaign and demand that the US government take immediate steps to share its surplus COVID-19 vaccine supply with hard-hit countries and those without access.
“The world is on fire. The US government must share its surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses with middle- and low-income countries immediately,” said AHF President Michael Weinstein. “None of us are safe until we defeat the pandemic everywhere. Vulnerable people should be protected wherever they live. If the US doesn’t immediately share the surplus vaccine doses it’s hoarding today, this pandemic could stretch for years, possibly mutating into even more deadly strains of the virus. Vaccine hoarding is immoral, selfish and dangerous.”
Some wealthy countries have secured enough COVID-19 vaccine doses to vaccinate their entire populations as many as five times over, leaving many poorer nations struggling to vaccinate even their most vulnerable citizens. Over 60% of the world’s population lives in countries that won’t see widespread vaccine coverage until 2022 or even later. Vaccine hoarding will only prolong the pandemic globally – millions more will die, and economic and health systems will continue to be devastated.
If you live in the US, you can join the movement! Simply follow the link here to send a quick and easy message to your representatives and tell them to “SAVE” lives and Share American Vaccines Everywhere!