A U.S. Senator introduced an amendment calling for a strategy from the Biden administration to send supplemental doses of vaccines to embassies
and consulates to reach unvaccinated Americans abroad. - Photo for illustration purposes only -
Published on Thursday, August 19, 2021
The plan to provide access to get the vaccine against covid-19 to U.S. citizens living abroad is advancing, the American Citizens Abroad, ACA.
According to ACA, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced an amendment calling for a strategy from the Biden administration to send supplemental doses of vaccines to embassies and consulates to reach unvaccinated Americans abroad.
"This amendment passed through the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee as part of legislation Senator Murphy helped author, the International Pandemic Preparedness and covid-19 Response Act," ACA said in its statement.
In June, Senator Murphy led his colleagues on both sides of the aisle in calling on the U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to support covid-19 vaccination efforts for the nine million U.S. citizens living abroad, ACA said.
“We can’t beat covid-19 at home without working to beat it abroad. I’m glad to see President Biden understands this, as he got 110 million covid-19 vaccine doses to over sixty countries in such a short amount of time. Not to mention the effective, but still ongoing, vaccine roll-out in our own backyard,” Murphy said in his statement.
According to Murphy, at the same time it is needed to make sure American citizens living abroad have access to the vaccine too. " I know this is a difficult task, which is why I brainstormed solutions today with the State Department’s Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources Brian McKeon. "I am hopeful we can get vaccines to Americans in need wherever they live and look forward to continue collaborating with the administration on such a critical issue.”
ACA said they are working directly with Senator Murphy's office educating the Senator and his staff on the issues facing the overseas U.S. citizens community and the frustration over the lack of access to the covid vaccine for the millions of citizens living and working abroad.
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