tv Secretary of State Blinken on COVID-19 Pandemic CSPAN April 5, 2021 7:44pm-8:02pm EDT
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next, the secretary of state talks about efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic worldwide in an event at the state department, announcing that gail smith who aided in the u.s. response in 2014th will run the joe biden administration diplomacy efforts, this is 15 minutes. >> good afternoon. since the united states recorded its first death in february of 2020, more than 550,000 americans have died in the pandemic. more than 30 million americans have been affected and millions lost loved ones, often without
having the chance to say goodbye and no one has been immune to the virus and people have been hit especially hard in communities including in the economic divide. the massive health and death tolls have been matched by social consequence including restaurants, bars, movie theaters, many of them closing permanently. millions of kids have stayed home from school, losing precious classroom time, and millions of women dropped out of the workforce to care for children or for aging parents. for all these reasons stopping covid-19 is the number one priority of the joe biden administration. otherwise it will keep circulating in our community, threatening lives and livelihoods and holding our economy back. and we cannot fully recover,
much less build a better future that the american people deserve until the pandemic is over. it has led a full court press to get as many vaccinated as possible. 100 million shots and 100 days and now we are racing towards 200 million shots in 100 days in the administration is moving quickly so that 90% of americans will be living within 5 miles of one another by april 19, which is two weeks from today. all the while we have been producing vaccines at a rapid rate. by the end of may we will have enough vaccine supply for all adults in america. the news about the efficacy has been very reassuring and we are
making strong progress, health workers, scientists in our government. still, we are not at the finish line yet and we cannot afford to ease up. this is the time for americans to get vaccinated when it's your turn. do it for yourselves, for your families and neighbors and for those lives you could save through your actions. there is another major element and that is what we are here to talk about today. it won't end at home until it ends worldwide. and it's critical to understand that even if we vaccinate all
332 people tomorrow, we would not be fully safe from virus. not while it is replicated around the world and turning into new variant that could easily spread across the community again and not if we want to reopen the economy or start traveling again. including the countries that could hurt a recovery as well. the world has succumbed to together and for that to happen the united states must lead. there is no country that can do what we can do when it comes to bringing governments, businesses and international institutions together to organize the sustained public health efforts to fully and the pandemic and this will be an unprecedented
operation involving logistics and financial operation, manufacturing and coordinating with community health workers that handle this health care delivery. all of that will take intensive diplomacy. the world has never done anything quite like this before, it's a moment that calls for american leadership. now to slow and ultimately stop covid-19 at home. we have been focused on vaccinating the work or at around the world and that has been the right call. we have served the american people first and foremost and we can't forget that the united states has had the highest number of cases by a significant margin and so stopping the spread has been urgently needed
for our people and for the world. and we have a better way to get the virus under control here in the united states and soon the united states will need to step up our work and rise to the occasion because again only by stopping it globally will we be safe for the long-term and we want to rise to the occasion by helping to bring to a close one of the deadliest pandemics in human history we can show the world what american leadership and ingenuity can do and let's make that story of the end of covid-19. we have ari taken important steps. on day number one we have rejoined the world health organization at being at the table pushing reform so that we can rapidly respond the next biological threat. congress recently provided more
than $11 billion for the global covert response including an equitable access, providing aid to those impacted and helping them boost pandemic preparedness. it's built on a long tradition of american leadership in the united states is the largest donor including international efforts like the world health organization and for our own global health program to help bring the world to the cost of the first aids free generation and we have also made a donation that will provide vaccine and another $2 billion that will provide other countries as well and we have ari loan vaccines to our neighborhoods of mexico and
canada. and we will work with partners on manufacturing and supply is to ensure that there will be enough for everybody everywhere. and as we get more confident in our supply here at home we are exploring more than we are in a position to do more now. and that includes the scope and scale of the emergency and we hear you and we are moving as fast as possible and we are guided every step by core values and this is about saving lives. we will not overpromise or under deliver. we will maintain high standards for the vaccines that we helped
to bring to others including those proven to be safe and effective. we will insist on an approach builds upon equity visits are to come down hard on marginalized people. we cannot allow the response to end up making racial and gender inequality worse than we will share the burden and combine our strengths. the collaboration we talked about is a great example. so we can get more out the door as fast as possible in one of the reasons that we work with multilateral collaborations is that they share and defend these values, for example the vaccination is designed to ensure that they can also get
vaccinated because only then will it end the pandemic and finally we will address the current emergency because we cannot just end this pandemic, we must also leave our country in the world better prepared. we will work hard to reform and strengthen institution with global health security the role of wire them to commit transparency and make it in real-time. including a sustainable approach so that all countries can act quickly and we will keep on pushing for transparent investigation to learn what happened so it doesn't happen again. this is a key piece of the
agenda and we have to make sure that we can better prepare for and respond with other biological threats, otherwise we will be battering future generations down. this is a pivotal moment in time for us to a big impact oldie and the united states will rise to the challenge and i'm here today that will help us do just that. bill smith was the administrator who served on the national security council for president obama and president clinton when they first got to know each other and work together and she has helped to lead the health crisis and has worked for years on the global fight against illyria and tuberculosis and also help to fight aids.
fighting extreme poverty and preventable disease in africa. she is highly respected and she will hit the ground running and i can say from having admired her that no one will work harder or faster and more effectively to get us to the finish line. i'm grateful she's agreed to serve as a coordinator for global public response and help security. so thank you for doing this. >> thank you, mr. secretary. it is such a pleasure to work with you again but i'd also like to thank you for making this possible and i look forward to working with men and women of
the department and across the federal government, including because i know what you can do. i would like to thank some smart scientists, president joe biden and the staff and volunteers at the university, where tomorrow i will get my second dose of the vaccine. that vaccine is good for the body and mostly good for the mind and our job is to shape that du jour. i've learned two lessons, the first is that the virus is moving faster than we are and if it does so, the that it's winning. the second is that with purpose and science, vigilance and leadership, we can outpace anybody. america has done it before, 18 years ago they launched a bold
initiative to take on the hiv and aids epidemic. going on to expand that mission and in 2014 they had strong and generous support that had defeated the first epidemic. the challenges are too. for us to shorten the lifespan of the pandemic that is destroying livelihoods all around the world and the second is to ensure that we can prevent and respond to future threats that we know are coming. american leadership is desperately needed and i am confident that i am honored to be here and i thank you very much.
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