The COVID-19 outbreak in India is a humanitarian crisis with global implications. It’s also a powerful reminder that we won’t end this pandemic anywhere unless we end it everywhere.

The world is facing a vaccine access crisis. While wealthy countries continue ramping up vaccinations, only 0.4% of COVID-19 vaccines globally have been administered to people in low-income countries. The US alone has secured well over 550 million excess COVID-19 vaccine doses.

We are in a race against time. These vaccines are desperately needed around the world and will save lives and stem further mutations that could result in a resurgence of the virus in the US and around the world.

Gov. Kate Brown, U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley and U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden should call on the Biden administration to do more to share America’s vaccine stockpile equitably with countries in need.

Regardless of whether you live in Seaside or Soweto in South Africa we’re all in this fight together. Sharing excess vaccines isn’t just the humane thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do to reduce the spread of variants, reopen our global economy, and help to end this pandemic faster, everywhere.

Elizabeth Dix

Beaverton

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