Vaccine Diplomacy in Latin America and the Caribbean: The Importance of U.S. Engagement, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues of the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Seventeenth Congress, First Session, November 18, 2021 [open pdf - 1MB]
This is the November 18, 2021 hearing on "Vaccine Diplomacy in Latin America and the Caribbean: The Importance of U.S. Engagement," held before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues of the Committee on Foreign Relations. From the Opening Statement of Tim Kaine: "Americans have learned a lot of hard lessons since the COVID- 19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic first reached our shores in early 2020: the importance of a strong public health system, the vulnerability of and the valuable work performed by our essential health workers, disparities in our economic system that can be exacerbated by unforeseen crises, the effectiveness of vaccines, and the difficulties of achieving political consensus even when faced with a common threat. Another lesson the pandemic has taught us is that we are inextricably linked to other nations, particularly our neighbors in the Americas. Disease does not stop at borders. Our health, to a degree, depends on the health of our brothers and sisters in Latin America and the Caribbean. [...] We talked in those nations about the effect of a pandemic, but we also heard the gratitude of these nations for U.S. vaccine diplomacy in the region, a common story, and we were arriving in capitals and talking to presidents at about the same time as significant American vaccines were arriving to be distributed in these countries. [...] So after almost 2 years now of living with COVID, this hearing is an opportunity to consider our successes and failures in responding to the pandemic in the Americas and what we can do to continue to improve our efforts in the region." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Kevin O'Reilly, and Peter Natiello.
S. Hrg. 117-227; Senate Hearing 117-227
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