June 10, 2021
U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement after President Biden announced the purchase of 500 million more vaccines for global distribution.
“Health diplomacy is a smart investment and buying these vaccines is the right move. America should have an aggressive strategy to vaccinate a billion people around the world this year. America should administer these vaccines directly in order to counter the Chinese Communist Party's strategy of using the pandemic to gain the upper hand — they've conditioned their garbage vaccines on breaking ties with America’s ally Taiwan. America is different and we should show it. We should move quickly to share these life-saving shots with friends in Asia and across the developing world with a simple message: Uncle Sam, not Chairman Xi, cares about your health.”
In May, Sasse called for the Biden Administration to distribute one billion vaccines globally to save lives and combat CCP influence.