Congressman says distribution should help speed reopening of US-Canada border, improve health outcomes
Congressman Brian Higgins applauded the announcement by President Joe Biden that the U.S. will share at least 20 million additional doses of approved COVID-19 vaccines with other nations. This is in addition to the 60 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine previously shared by the U.S.
Higgins, who serves as co-chair of the northern border caucus and the Canada-U.S. interparliamentary group, said, “The United States has made incredible progress in the fight against COVID. We still have more work to do to see everyone vaccinated but, as our supply outnumbers our demand, we have the opportunity to help other countries battle back against this unforgiving pandemic toward the goals of returning to a sense of normalcy and saving lives.”
Higgins has repeatedly advocated for the U.S. to share vaccine doses with Canadian neighbors. He recently signed a letter asking the administration to assist India with vaccines to assist with their growing outbreak.
Nearly 60% of the U.S. adult population has had at least one dose of the COVID vaccine. The U.S. has more than enough vaccine to vaccinate every American over the age of 12. The president reported cases are currently down in all 50 states and deaths have decreased by 81%.
Higgins has been pushing for a plan to reopen the border between the U.S. and Canada, which has been closed to nonessential travel since March 2020. Last week, he suggested new guidance by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – that people vaccinated against COVID-19 don’t pose a health risk and therefore no longer have to mask, socially distance or quarantine – should be extended to binational border management, thereby allowing vaccinated citizens to cross countries.