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Much of the world struggles on vaccination as Americans refuse COVID-19 vaccine

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09.08.2021

By Trudy Rubin

As the United States wrestles with how to curb the spread of the COVID-19 delta variant ― and President Joe Biden launches a push to get federal workers vaccinated ― it's painful to compare our struggle with that of the rest of the world.

While coronavirus infections soar in developing countries from lack of vaccines, Americans have plentiful access. Yet U.S. caseloads are spiking again, because so many U.S. citizens refuse to get jabs. Countries such as India and Brazil that should have had successful vaccine campaigns are struggling terribly, because of their populist leaders, while a U.S. president who is doing right is hamstrung by anti-vaxxers.

While the United States has a history of vaccine mandates dating back to George Washington (and France and Italy have just instituted them), conservative U.S. politicians want to ban them.

In other words, too many Grand Old Party (GOP) leaders and too many misinformed citizens are rejecting blessings that much of the world only dreams of. This is as sickening as the delta variant.

It is time for the Biden administration ― and those who want normalcy to return to America ― to push back.

Looking at the suffering around the world should remind Americans of their good luck ― and the need for the administration to donate more vaccines to the countries that most need them. About 1 percent of Africa's population has been fully........

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