India outbreak puts global Covid fight at risk, says Dr. Ashish Jha

The Covid outbreak in India is placing the remainder of the world at threat and is leaving a “humanitarian catastrophe” in its wake, the dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health warned Monday.

“India is a big country, and if there are large outbreaks there, of course we’re going to worry about more variants, which will be bad for Indians, and … it will spread around the world,” mentioned Dr. Ashish Jha. “So part of keeping America safe is vaccinating the whole world.”

The White House pledged to ship greater than $100 million price of medical provides to India because the nation breaks global infection records on a near-daily foundation. The nation recorded more than 300,000 new cases for 12 straight days, however specialists worry the true numbers may very well be a lot greater. Data reveals that solely about 2% of India’s inhabitants is totally vaccinated in opposition to Covid. 

Jha advised CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith” that as a result of the U.S. is now at some extent the place it has a better provide of vaccines than demand, that the U.S. ought to distribute them globally. 

“I think we should be sharing them more widely with the world, helping them get vaccinated, that’s how we’ll end the pandemic globally,” Jha mentioned.

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