Brinken said in a speech at the State Department: “This is saving lives.” “We will respect our partner countries.”
Brinken announced the news and announced a new Covid coordinator, Gayle Smith, because the United States has been increasingly criticized for failing to share unused vaccines with other countries, even Russia Both China and China are actively engaged in vaccine diplomacy with countries around the world.
Brinken said: “As we have more confidence in the supply of vaccines at home, we are exploring options for sharing more vaccines with other countries.” “We believe that we will be able to do more in this regard. I know Because of the scale and scale of the Covid emergency, many countries are asking the U.S. to do more, some of which are becoming more and more desperate. We hear your voice, and I promise we will act as soon as possible.”
Brinken did not describe the level of US vaccination that the Biden administration hopes to achieve before more vaccines are shared globally.
He emphasized the need for global cooperation and the United States to help other countries.
A senior US diplomat said in a speech at the State Department: “Even if we vaccinate all 332 million people in the United States tomorrow, we still cannot be completely immune from this virus.” “When it is still replicating worldwide, and It won’t become a new variant that is easy to spread here and spread to our community again. If we want to completely reopen the economy or start traveling again, that’s not the case.”
Brinken said: “This epidemic will not end at home until it ends worldwide.”
He also outlined other “core values,” which he said will guide the State Council’s plans, which seems to be an understatement of Russia and China.
Brinken said: “We will not over-promise and under-deliver. We will maintain a high standard of vaccine to help us bring it to others, and only distribute vaccines that have been proven safe and effective. We will adhere to a fair-based approach. .”.
China has taken a different approach to the United States, and it has widely exported vaccines before it is widely used domestically. Russia and India are also sharing vaccines, but on a smaller scale than Beijing. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced last month that it will provide free vaccines to 69 countries/regions and export them commercially to 28 other countries/regions.
Brinken also introduced Smith. Smith is the head of ONE operation and the former head of the United States Agency for International Development. Smith will become the State Department’s coordinator in the international fight against the Covid pandemic.
Blinken pointed out that she led the United States in responding to the Ebola crisis in 2014 and was committed to the global experience in fighting malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. She said: “Smith has been tested. She is highly respected. She will help. From working with Gail and admiring her for many years, she said that no one will work harder, faster or more efficiently to get us to the end.”
Smith is an African expert and veteran in the aid and development community. He served in the United States Agency for International Development under the leadership of former President Barack Obama, and then joined the ONE movement, a nonpartisan advocacy organization to fight global poverty.
Smith said that she “fighted against certain viruses in the past” and learned two lessons.
She said: “The first is that if the virus spreads faster than us, it will win.” “The second is that with the unity of purpose, science, vigilance and leadership, we can defeat any virus. America I did it before.” Smith then cited the history of the two parties in the United States working together to meet health challenges.
Speaking of the acclaimed President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), she said: “18 years ago, a Republican president launched a bold initiative to tackle HIV/AIDS. A Democratic president continued Expanding this mission and scope. In 2014, the Obama Biden administration defeated the world’s first Ebola epidemic with the strong support of Congress.”
Smith pointed out that “the leadership of the United States is urgently needed,” and the United States and the global community face two challenges. “First, shorten the life cycle of the pandemic, which is destroying lives and livelihoods all over the world. The second is to ensure that we can prevent, detect and respond to the future global health threats we know.”
Prior to leading the United States Agency for International Development, Smith served as Obama’s special assistant and as the Senior Director of Development and Democracy at the National Security Council. While working for Obama, Smith assisted in coordinating his government’s response to the Ebola epidemic.
Smith worked as a journalist in Africa, covered various international media in Ethiopia, Sudan and Kenya, and then co-founded the Enough Project dedicated to ending genocide.
The ONE movement said she will take a temporary vacation.
CNN’s Jennifer Hansler, Kylie Atwood and Sydney Walton contributed to this report.