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Rep. Bass’ Statement on World Health Day

April 6, 2021
Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement marking World Health Day.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for the international community to work together to address the U.S. and the world’s health disadvantages. On this World Health Day, let us acknowledge that humanity’s health is dependent on every human’s complete physical, mental, and social well-being. 
“The COVID-19 pandemic has continued to highlight the inequalities between developing and developed nations. There are shortages of vaccines and essential supplies, and in particular, many in Africa don’t have access to COVID-19 test kits, personal protective equipment, and vaccines. According to the WHO, the continent accounts for 17% of the world’s population but only 2% of its population have been administered a vaccine. 
“In countries all over the world, people are denied access to the right to good health due to gender, ethnicity, disability, socio-economic status, educational level, and age. I urge the international community to share its resources including giving vaccine access to the most vulnerable population around the world, and encourage the pharmaceutical industry to expand manufacturing capacities to reduce shortages in supply. Let’s work together to achieve health for all.”