â€œIndiaâ€™sÂ Crisis is Our Crisis,â€ says petition urging Biden-Harris administration to send India vaccines.
As India battles a second deadly coronavirus wave, IMPACT is launching a public #SendIndiaVaccines campaign to urge the Biden-Harris administration to take bold global action.
The Indian American community organization is partnering with a coalition of organizations including Indiaspora, Pratham USA, NAAIS, SAAPRI, and more to urge the Biden-Harris administration to send India vaccines.
India Monday recorded 2,22,315 new infections in a single day, the lowest in 38 days, pushing the total tally of Covid-19 cases to 26.75 million, while the death toll crossed the 300,000 mark, according to Indian Health Ministry data.
Meanwhile, the United States is sitting on a surplus of nearly 100 million vaccines, IMPACT noted citing experts.
â€œThe Biden administration needs to act immediately to send these lifesaving vaccines to India and take steps to end the pandemic globally,â€ it said. â€œWe canâ€™t afford to wait any longer.â€
While the Biden administration has taken a first step by sending aid to India and committing to share the vaccines globally, this moment requires a response proportional to the scale of the crisis, it said.
The NOVID Act, spearheaded by Indian American House member Raja Krishnamoorthi, would allocate $19 billion to fight the pandemic globally.
â€œThat is the kind of response we need to truly defeat this virus,â€ IMPACT said asking the public to â€œadd your voiceâ€ #SendIndiaVaccines campaign.
â€œIndiaâ€™s Crisis is Our Crisis,â€ says a petition initiated by IMPACT. â€œThe world is battling a devastating surge in Covid-19 infections, with India seeing hundreds of thousands of new cases every day.â€
â€œThe surge has crippled Indiaâ€™s healthcare infrastructure, and hospitals are running out of oxygen, beds, and PPE,â€ it says noting, â€œIndia is only the third country to surpass 250,000 official deaths.â€
Citing Indian American public health expert Dr. Ashish Jha, IMPACT said nearly 25,000 people may be dying on a daily basis. Mass crematoriums are burning through the night.
â€œThe world needs to step up, and America can lead the way,â€ it said asking the public to join advocacy efforts by signing and sharing the petition on their social platforms.
â€œThis is not an Indian crisis, but a global one,â€ IMPACT said. â€œTo bring this pandemic to an end, the United States must lead the way on expanding vaccine supplies in India and the rest of the world.â€
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