Rev. Jesse Jackson urges Biden to release vaccines to India

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The US is said to be holding vaccines twice more than what the country would need, even if it vaccinates everyone in the country.

This has prompted many people urge President Biden to release them to countries those who are in dire need, especially India at its current state.

Among many individuals who have requested Biden, an eminent American civil rights leader has now added his voice to help India by providing excess vaccines.

Rev. Jesse L. Jackson has come out and voiced his concern over the state of Indian and has urged President Biden to release 60 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to India.

Rev. Jackson will be joined by a number of prominent Indian leaders in the national capital on Wednesday, May 19, to make a public appeal to Biden for more humanitarian aid, according to a community statement.

“The pandemic poses a threat to humanity, not to any one country. Our response must be as encompassing as the threat,” Rev Jackson said in a statement. He will urge Biden to give India 60 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, it said.

Dr Bharat Barai, chairman, US India Friendship Council, urged the President to facilitate the supply of the “much needed antiviral medications of Remdesivir and Tocilizumab to India immediately.”

In a statement, Dr Vijay Prabhakar, national chairman, American Association of Multiethnic Physicians, USA, called on Biden to invoke the Federal International Emergency Production Act which would enable the manufacturers of the vaccine in the US to increase their production capacity.

“We need to protect India first only then can America and the rest of the world be protected,” Dr Prabhakar said. Thanking Biden for his international vaccination pledge by providing 80 million COVID-19 vaccines, he also pleaded to give at least 60 millions of those to India.

In its most recent update, the Union Health Ministry placed the total number of COVID-19 cases in India at 2,52,28,996 and the death count at 2,78,719. The ministry said there are 33,53,765 active cases, while 2,15,96,512 people have so far recovered from the infection