Former President Obama during a livestream event on global poverty Tuesday said that governments across the globe “still need to do their part” to address the shortage of coronavirus vaccines in low-income countries.
The remarks came during “An Evening with CARE,” celebrating the 75th anniversary of the international emergency relief agency founded in response to the humanitarian crises facing Europeans in the aftermath of World War II.
The event, hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, also featured remarks from former Presidents Carter, Clinton and George W. Bush, as well as President Biden.
Obama in his remarks commended CARE for continuing to provide aid packages to countries experiencing extreme poverty, which has worsened amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“An estimated 120 million more people are living in extreme poverty as a result of the pandemic, and that number is expected to rise,” Obama said.
He added, “At the same time CARE is also focused on another major source of inequality: access to vaccines.”
“Right now, CARE and other organizations are preparing front-line health care workers in places like Haiti and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to vaccinate their populations,” Obama continued. “But governments around the world still need to do their part to increase supply and make sure we can vaccinate as many people against COVID-19 as quickly as possible.”
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