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U.S. to Begin Offering Vaccines to Detainees at Guantánamo Bay

Added 04-19-21 02:40:02pm EST - “The plan, initiated during the Trump administration, had been delayed after a political and public outcry.” - Nytimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nytimes.com: “U.S. to Begin Offering Vaccines to Detainees at Guantánamo Bay”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The plan, initiated during the Trump administration, had been delayed after a political and public outcry.

The United States military will begin offering to vaccinate the detainees at Guantánamo Bay on Monday in an effort to protect troops stationed there and help restart the stalled war crimes hearings, an administration official with knowledge of the Pentagon plan said.

The U.S. Southern Command, which has oversight of the prison, sought permission during the Trump administration to vaccinate the detainees, who include Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four other men accused of conspiring to carry out the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. A memo dated Dec. 23 described the detainees as “a high-risk community,” and invoked both “the Geneva Convention and Department of Defense guidance.”

But the Pentagon postponed plans to start the vaccinations on Feb. 1, after elected officials and victims of the attacks accused the Defense Department of putting terrorism suspects ahead of the American people, who were only just starting to get access to the vaccines in substantial numbers at that point.

The Pentagon began notifying Congress on Monday of its intention to begin making the vaccine available to the detainees within hours.

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