White House to Florida, Texas leaders: Help on Covid-19 or ‘get out of the way’ – News Vibe24

    White House to Florida, Texas leaders: Help on Covid-19 or 'get out of the way' - Times of India
    Washington: The White House on Tuesday called on Republican leaders in Florida and Texas to follow public health guidelines on the pandemic or “get away” as the United States seeks to curb the spread of the coronavirus delta.
    On the day the White House announced that the United States had donated more than 110 million doses of vaccine to more than 60 countries, it focused mainly on the home crisis – outbreaks in two Republican-led states represent a large share of growing cases. Covid-19 nationally.
    Florida Gov. Ron de Sandis has opposed Covid-19 restrictions. On Friday, it issued an order banning mask orders in state schools. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has also opposed stricter restrictions in his state.
    “If you are not going to be part of the solution, if you are not going to be part of saving lives, get out of the way and let other people do the work,” said White House spokeswoman Jen Akiaki. later remarks by President Joe Biden, a Democrat.
    “This means that you do not forbid, do not make it difficult for people to make demands on masks or ask for a legal vaccination regime,” he said.
    One in three new Covid-19 cases nationwide occurred in Florida and Texas last week, White House pandemic coordinator Jeff Ziedes told reporters Monday.
    Akiaki said the White House is in talks with both countries to offer assistance in addressing the problem.
    The director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Rochelle Walensky told reporters Monday that, as of Saturday, there were about 72,000 new cases of Covid-19 per day in the United States, up 44% from the previous week and higher than peaking in the summer of 2020.
    International impetus
    The White House on Tuesday described the international effort to donate vaccines as “an important milestone” in the fight against the pandemic.
    Biden, who is scheduled to comment on efforts to combat the new coronavirus later Tuesday, had earlier pledged to donate at least 80 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine worldwide, a number that has been exceeded.
    “Today’s announcement is a fulfillment of our promise and a significant advance on the hundreds of millions more installments that the United States will deliver in the coming weeks,” the White House said in a statement, adding that the majority of installments were distributed through COVAX to help developing countries access Covid-19 vaccines.
    In late August, the United States will also begin shipping 500 million doses of Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE vaccine to 100 lower-income countries, the statement said.
    Supporters believe the United States could share even more.
    “We could give a lot of what we have and be well,” said Gregg Gonsalves, an assistant professor of microbial epidemiology at Yale School of Public Health.
    Aid to the rest of the world will benefit the United States and within the struggle, he added.
    “If we do not control it everywhere, we are not gong to control it anywhere,” Gonsalves said.
    COVAX, with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Alliance for Vaccines and Vaccination, seeks to secure 2 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines for countries in need by the end of the year.
    In June, a WHO official said many nations did not have enough doses to continue vaccination efforts or were simply finished.
    The White House said Tuesday it would work with COVAX and other regional partners to ensure donated vaccines were delivered fairly.

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