White House outlines COVID-19 aid for Americas ahead of Los Angeles summit

The Biden administration stated Wednesday it’s going to increase U.S. well being staffing inside Latin America as half of a broader plan to fight COVID-19 and future pandemics within the Western Hemisphere.

The White House stated it’s going to enhance the quantity of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention consultants within the South American regional office and a brand new Central America office in Panama.

It will ship world well being safety employees from the U.S. Agency for International Development to seven South American international locations, as requested in Mr. Biden’s price range, and assist regional companions determine and fight new variants of the coronavirus.

“These activities will help the region better respond to the current COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for future pandemics by building the capability to prevent outbreaks, detect infectious disease threats, and respond effectively when outbreaks occur,” the White House stated in a truth sheet.

The administration outlined its pandemic technique for the area as Mr. Biden heads to Los Angeles Wednesday to host the three-day Summit of the Americas.

The summit is designed to deal with key regional points however Mexico is sending a lower-level delegation, as an alternative of its president, to protest Mr. Biden’s determination to exclude Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.

Critics of the exclusion stated it will likely be tougher to deal with Western Hemisphere points like COVID-19 with out their participation, although Mr. Biden stated dictators can’t be invited.

The White House stated the U.S. will aid Latin America and the Caribbean after they suffered 2.7 million deaths from the virus.

“The region has been one of the hardest-hit by the virus, with over 40% of total COVID-19 deaths reported globally, despite making up only 8% of the world’s population,” the White House stated.

For extra info, go to The Washington Times COVID-19 useful resource web page.

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