President Joe Biden and his team have laid out an ambitious plan to tackle COVID-19 in the United States. But to truly end the pandemic, we must also address it at a global level. Without worldwide herd immunity through vaccination, no country’s health security can be ensured.
The U.S. can and must partner with other countries to end COVID-19 globally and restore critical health services it has derailed. I urge the administration to go beyond its current commitments to take two immediate actions:
1. Prioritize health workers’ needs, including through long-term global health funding
There were health worker strikes in dozens of countries last year, in many cases due to poor working conditions. If health workers’ needs are not met, our response to COVID-19 — and any future pandemic — will fail.