In the “national interest” of the United States to vaccinate the world

Outgoing COVID Czar Jeff Zients chose a White House press briefing on Tuesday to announce that the “national interest” of the United States is best served if the entire world is vaccinated against the coronavirus to guard against potential new variants.

He spoke after senators scrapped global funding plans for a coronavirus spending deal.

“It is a real disappointment that there is no block funding in this bill. This virus knows no borders, and it is in our national interest to vaccinate the world and protect against possible new variants,” Zients stressed.

“Without additional funding for a global response, we won’t have the resources to help get more weapons fire to the countries that need it,” he added.

The Hill reports just 24 hours earlier that senators announced they had reached an agreement to allocate $10 billion in funding to fight the virus. The deal omits money for the comprehensive international coronavirus response.

The initial proposal, worth $15.6 billion, including $5 billion for global vaccine efforts, was dropped from the final deal due to disagreements over how to pay for it. The White House originally requested $22.5 billion in funding.

The United States has already provided more than 515 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to more than 110 countries, according to the State Department.

US President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the COVID-19 response as Vice President Kamala Harris (L) and Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeffrey Zients (R) look on from the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on April 21, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Zients lamented that the lack of global funding “has real implications for our efforts to vaccinate the world.”

“Without the additional global funding, [the United States Agency for International Development] doesn’t have the resources it needs to help countries get more gunfire,” Zients said.

“We will be forced to reduce the work we do to deliver oxygen and other vital supplies to countries in need. Our global genomic sequencing capabilities will decline, compromising our ability to detect emerging variants beyond our borders,” he added.

As Breitbart News reported, Zients will step down as White House coronavirus response coordinator next month after a year leading President Joe Biden’s team.

Under Zients’ leadership, the Biden administration was caught off guard by the emergence of the Delta and Omicron variants of the virus, leaving the country off guard.

He also oversaw the administration’s response during a testing shortage around the Christmas season, which frustrated Americans.

Zients will be replaced by Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health.

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