Where Do Americans Stand On Vaccine Diplomacy?

Where Do Americans Stand On Vaccine Diplomacy?

Most Americans want the United States to provide vaccines and medical supplies to other countries. The action will assist the United States in countering recent efforts by China and Russia to expand their soft power.

Raghavan Mayur

The pandemic has thrown stark light on the vast divide between the rich and developing nations. Besides their limited healthcare facilities, the U.N. has repeatedly called international attention to the struggle of the underdeveloped countries to acquire the requisite vaccines.

According to an estimate by the New York Times, of the one billion vaccination shots administered so far, the low-income countries received only 0.2% of it.

With rising cries for assistance from the third world countries, the first world nations were forced to walk a thin line between balancing their domestic needs and extending humanitarian aid. While the U.S. prioritized vaccinating its citizens, China and Russia stepped in to fill the 'vaccine vacuum.'