The only thing the summit is likely to achieve is another opportunity to embarrass himself on a national stage in front of the press.
As I noted in a previous post, Biden is hemorrhaging support, and the disaster for the Democrats this November may be “biblical” in its proportions.
In a move to stop the drop in poll numbers, Biden is turning to the issue of Covid response, where he had the most success early on in his term. The White House has now announced a second global COVID-19 summit in hopes of ending the pandemic response phase and preparing for future health threats.
The previous summit was hosted in September 2021. The upcoming global COVID-19 summit will be held virtually May 12.
The summit has the following goals:
- Getting shots into arms
- Deploying tests and treatments, especially for the highest-risk populations
- Expanding and protecting the health workforce and minimizing disruptions to routine and essential health services
- Enhancing access to medical countermeasures, including research and development and scaling and diversifying local and regional manufacturing
- Generating sustainable financing for pandemic preparedness, health security, and health systems
It appears the main thrust of this summit will be pushing vaccinations on everyone….despite the fact the US Senate recently curtailed plans by the Biden administration to subsidize vaccines for other countries. It seems Republicans preferred American tax dollars be spent on Americans for available vaccines.
Still, the international bureaucrats persist.
Efforts to subsidize more global vaccinations stalled in the United States after lawmakers stripped $5 billion from a pandemic relief package that could come up for a Senate vote in the next few weeks.
When lawmakers announced an agreement earlier this month on the $10 billion coronavirus aid package, which is centered on domestic coronavirus testing, vaccination and treatment, they turned away a push from the Biden administration and from some members of Congress to reinforce the nation’s global Covid-19 commitments, which some public health experts said were already lacking. Republicans had demanded that any new aid be financed in part by repurposing previously approved but unspent Covid-19 relief.
That is likely to have broad consequences for efforts to eventually stamp out new variant-driven waves of the pandemic around the world, federal health officials have said. The Agency for International Development has warned that without more funds from Congress, the agency will probably have to curtail a new program to vaccinate more people in countries with low vaccine coverage.
Not only is Biden’s responses being challenged by the Senate, but the limited effectiveness of the covid vaccines as well as concerns about side effects are now causing Americans to question all vaccines.
Public health experts, pediatricians, school nurses, immunization advocates and state officials in 10 states told POLITICO they are worried that an increasing number of families are projecting their attitudes toward the Covid-19 vaccine onto shots for measles, chickenpox, meningitis and other diseases.
That spillover of vaccine hesitancy may also be fueling an uptick in religious exemption requests from parents of school-aged children and is making it more difficult for states to catch up with children who missed immunizations during the pandemic’s early days when families skipped doctor’s appointments, they say.
That has pediatricians, school nurses and public health experts worried that preventable and possibly fatal childhood illnesses, once thought to be a thing of the past, could become more common.
“We just want to keep measles, polio, and all the things we vaccinate against out of the political arena,” said Hugo Scornik, a pediatrician and president of the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Public health authorities squandered nearly all their credibility by trying to contain an highly infectious airborne virus through a myriad of policies that clearly didn’t work. People clearly are no longer impressed by their statements, and are reassessing the level of risk they are comfortable with going forward.
Biden will soon discover covid-response is not the political life-preserver he is seeking. The only thing the summit is likely to achieve is another opportunity to embarrass himself on a national stage in front of the press.DONATE
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