Healthcare advocates welcomed a pledge from presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to share any potential Covid-19 vaccine with the rest of the world if elected, calling it an important “step in the right direction” that must be followed up with a substantive plan to reverse President Donald Trump’s “America First” approach to the global pandemic.
In an interview with Medicare for All advocate Ady Barkan, Biden condemned Trump’s withdrawal of the U.S. from the World Health Organization and committed to share any Covid-19 vaccine with the international community if elected president.
“This is the only humane thing in the world to do,” Biden said. “Were I president now, and I propose we do it now, set aside $25 billion to put together a plan now—now, this instant—how we will distribute that vaccine when it’s made available, to guarantee it gets to every American and access is made available to the rest of the world.”
“This guy’s whole idea of America, America on its own, has meant America alone,” Biden added. “It lacks any human dignity what we’re doing.”