Americas Society/Council of the Americas | Thu, Mar 18, 2021
by Susan Segal, William R. Rhodes, John D. Negroponte, and Andrés Gluski
It is in the United States’ national interest to provide vaccines to Western Hemisphere countries, particularly Mexico, say AS/COA's chairman, chairmen emeriti, and president and CEO.
In order to finally overcome this deadly pandemic, we in the Western Hemisphere need to work together. We cannot solve this crisis in isolation. We will not conquer the pandemic if we don’t work with our neighbors to the south. We applaud the Biden administration’s stated goal to provide Mexico with 2.5 million vaccines, and we’d encourage prioritizing its northern states to receive them. We understand that it takes huge political courage at this time because we must prioritize getting all Americans vaccinated, however, we also know that very shortly the United States will have an excess supply as President Joe Biden has already promised that all U.S. adults will be eligible to receive a vaccine by May 1. As long as our hemispheric partners have a shortage of vaccines, there will be not only the tragedy of additional deaths, but also a risk of new variants. This will impede a return to normalcy in those countries and in the United States.