Americans Want to Help Others—After They Help Themselves

As the Biden administration faces growing international pressure to increase global access to COVID-19 vaccines, a new survey of nearly 2,000 people by STAT and The Harris Poll shows that three quarters of Americans back the idea of donating doses—after all Americans have a  first chance.
 
Just over half of Americans expressed support for the US government to immediately start donating vaccines to other countries—with glaring generational and political splits: 

  • More Gen Z (59%) and millennials (65%) than middle-aged or older Americans favor donating vax

  • 63% of Democrats vs. 43% of Republicans support donating


“[A] really good chunk of the population … believes we need to put a global lens on the issue,” says Rob Jekielek of The Harris Poll.
 
But access to vaccines isn’t the only challenge for lower- and middle-income countries. Reuters describes the funding shortfalls and distribution hurdles confronting some African countries: 

  • Staff shortages—and insufficient notice on shipments—delayed Ghana’s rollout
  • Shortfalls of supplies like masks and cotton wool pose another challenge in some countries
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