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'We're definitely not doing enough' to help global vaccinations: Former US Commerce Sec.

Added 10-22-21 07:04:03pm EST - “Former U.S. Commerce Sec. Gary Locke weighs in on the global vaccine equity debate and how the U.S. can better respond to the ongoing pandemic.” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “'We're definitely not doing enough' to help global vaccinations: Former US Commerce Sec.”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The U.S. is drawing criticism at home and abroad for providing booster shots and potentially expanding COVID-19 vaccines for children while some countries have yet to be able to immunize frontline health-care workers. 

"We're definitely not doing enough," Gary Locke, former U.S. Commerce Secretary during the Obama administration, told Yahoo Finance Live. 

"Yes, all of our manufacturers are going 24/7... but we really need to expand the existing production facilities and really focus on the human infrastructure, the delivery mechanisms of getting the shots in arms of people," Locke said.

"We should be treating this as any other natural disaster; it's a human disaster. And we should be offering our personnel, whether it's relief workers or military personnel, and not just Americans, but from all around the world including U.N. forces," Locke said.

Advocacy groups like Public Citizen and Doctors Without Borders have joined the World Health Organization's call for solidarity in the need for equitable distribution of vaccines globally in order to end the pandemic.

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