Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, said that he believes the United States has a "moral responsibility" to ensure equitable distribution of a Covid-19 vaccine around the world.
"There are countries on our globe that have different resources and different capabilities of responding to epidemics and pandemics that are common to all of us," Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN Wednesday during a Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health virtual event.
While speaking, Fauci emphasized that he was giving his personal opinion and not speaking on behalf of the United States.
Fauci's comments were made a day after President Trump signed an executive order aimed at prioritizing the shipment of the coronavirus vaccine to Americans before other nations.
"We have a moral responsibility as a rich country, along with other rich countries, to make sure that when we have the facilities and the capabilities – be it life-saving drugs for HIV, life-saving preventions for HIV, or a vaccine for Covid-19 – that as a global community, we do everything we can to make sure that there is the equitable distribution of those countermeasures throughout the world," Fauci said. "I think we all need to pull together as a global community to make sure that there’s equitable distribution."