The US needs to help mobilize global Covid-19 vaccine production to save millions of lives, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Wednesday.
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the US is doing well in the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines to its own citizens.
“We have a real, real challenge and a mission to get the rest of the world vaccinated,” he added at an event hosted by Bowdoin College.
Fauci said its necessary to mobilize global vaccine production capability, so there isn’t a two-to-three-year lag for people in low- and middle-income countries to get vaccinated against Covid-19.
“Because that will literally mean a million deaths, if we wait that long – and maybe more –and that's unacceptable,” he said.
The US needs to work with other wealthy countries like the UK, Australia and Canada, to “get those plants that are making vaccines revved up to make billions of more doses,” he added.
It’s possible for the US to vaccinate younger people and support vaccinations in low- and middle-income countries at the same time, Fauci noted Sunday on CBS’ Face the Nation.