Durbin: United States Cannot Step Away From World Effort To Find Vaccine

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today spoke about the importance of continuing to work with the global community to fight the coronavirus pandemic and support the development of a vaccine.  Durbin spoke about the shortsightedness of the Trump Administration’s refusal to join countries around the world this week to discuss how to raise funds to research, manufacture, and distribute a possible vaccine and treatments to COVID-19.   Durbin also slammed President Trump’s decision to stop funding the World Health Organization at a time when the world is battling an unprecedented pandemic.

“Who was absent from this critical effort to save lives around the world to discover this vaccine, including the distribution of it to those who need it in every corner of the world? Which country did not participate in this global virtual telephone conference? The United States of America. You see, in yet another short-sighted missed opportunity to address the coronavirus, this Administration refused to participate. America was missing in action when leaders around the world came together with a determination to find and distribute a vaccine against coronavirus,” Durbin said.

Footage of Durbin’s remarks on the Senate floor is available here.

Video of Durbin’s remarks on the Senate floor is available here 

Audio of Durbin’s remarks on the Senate floor is available here.