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China is using vaccines to push its agenda in Latin America, and the U.S. is behind the curve, experts say


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SOURCE: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/china-using-vaccines-push-its-agenda-latin-america-u-s-n1268146
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Lawmakers and regional experts are pushing the White House hard to place a priority on Latin America and the Caribbean, arguing the move is justified for both public health and strategic reasons."Without U.S. engagement and leadership, our competitors will continue efforts to use their less effective vaccines as leverage to coerce Latin America and Caribbean nations in support of a diplomatic agenda inimical to ours," three senators, Republican Marco Rubio and Democrats Bob Menendez and Tim Kaine, said in a letter to President Biden last week.Lawmakers pressed the argument at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing this month, saying the administration had to set priorities and ensure donations had a clear "made-in-the-USA" label."If you are going to prioritize the entire globe, we may not make the kind of impact we want," said Sen. Kaine of Virginia.Gayle Smith, State Department coordinator for global COVID-19 response, replied, "I can assure you there's a lot of attention to our hemisphere."A State Department spokesperson told NBC News that the administration "will have more to say about which countries we are distributing these vaccines to soon."President Biden's promise to give away 80 million doses to other countries far surpasses what other governments have pledged.

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