A paragraph @POTUS should have added to his speech last night: "As we move towards more and more people vaccinated across this great country of ours, we have to realize that outside our borders most of the world is still waiting for a vaccine." 1/
"What we see happening in India right now should concern us all and I’ve directed our agencies to work to help the world’s largest democracy get through this crisis." 2/
"But elsewhere on the planet Russia and China are stepping up to get vaccines to countries in need. The US and our allies in Europe and elsewhere cannot let our globe’s autocracies claim the moral high ground, showing more generosity than we are at the moment." 3/
"Therefore, I am calling for a global vaccine summit, and will bring companies and countries to the table with our own best experts to figure out a way to get a vaccine to everyone who needs one within the next two years across the planet." 4/
"We face multiple challenges in this regard, the lack of manufacturing capacity, the need to share knowledge and know-how more quickly and easily, a bottleneck in raw materials, a thicket of patents and trade-secrets that keep COVID19 vaccines from being a truly public good." 5/
"Surmounting these challenges will be difficult, but this isn’t a scientific problem, waiting for discovery, but an engineering one, an industrial one, and it’s a failure of political will—all addressable, all can be overcome. " 6/
"The past year has sent world leaders looking inward as they worked to protect their own citizens from this virus. Now we have to rally to ensure we vanquish this virus once and for all. For what I am sure about is that none of us are safe until all of us are safe." 8/
"A virus emerging from one corner of the planet swept over us all of us last year with rapid ferocity. Leaving SARS-CoV-2 to fester anywhere on Earth risks a resurgence here at home. We cannot ignore this global challenge any longer and I commit myself to this task today." 9/
Dear @POTUS, dear @JoeBiden. It's not too late to say these words to your fellow Americans, to make a promise to the world. end/

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