The Kovid epidemic in India is threatening the rest of the world and leaving a “humanitarian catastrophe” behind, the dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health warned on Monday.
“India is a big country and if there are big outbreaks there, of course, we will worry about more options that will be bad for the Indians and … it will spread all over the world,” said Dr. Ashish Ja. “So part of protecting America is vaccinating the whole world.”
The White House has pledged to send more than $ 100 million worth of medical supplies to India as the country breaks world records for infection almost daily. The country has registered more than 300,000 new cases in 12 consecutive days, but experts fear the actual number could be much higher. The data show that only about 2% of India’s population is fully vaccinated against Covid.
Ja told CNBC for The Shepherd Smith News that because the United States is at a time when it has a greater supply of vaccines than demand, the United States must distribute them worldwide.
“I think we need to share them more widely with the world, to help them get vaccinated, so we can end the global pandemic,” Ja said.