U.S. and other wealthy countries confronted by calls for larger effort in global vaccine exports

President Joe Biden's plan to share an additional 20 million COVID-19 vaccine doses overseas brings the U.S. total exports to 80 million. But experts and some policymakers say it's not enough. Driving the news: The world has reached a situation of "vaccine apartheid", World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday, saying "the big problem is a lack of sharing."Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freeThe big picture: The low U.S. export numbers were at first defended as a strategy to ensure Americans are vaccinated first. But now the administration is being confronted by calls for a stronger involvement of vaccine diplomacy as domestic demand diminishes.80 million doses is a "drop in the bucket," and the U.S. should pledge to manufacture and export 4-to-5-billion doses by the end of the year, Peter Hotez, professor of pediatrics and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, told CNN. G7 countries and the European Union can afford to donate more than 150 million vaccines to countries in need without compromising their own goals, UNICEF said on Monday.By the numbers: The U.S. has received more than four dozen requests for vaccine donations from countries across the world. China and Russia have exported larger shares of its vaccine production than the U.S., an analysis from Airfinity shows.China has shipped 252 million doses overseas, or 42% of its total production. The European Union has exported 111 million doses — more than a third of its total. Still, the announcement of 60 million doses was already a major boost to the severely strained global supply, Axios' Dave Lawler notes, considering the COVAX initiative has distributed about 45 million doses globally.Some Republicans — and Democrats — have become increasingly vocal in the U.S.’s vaccine diplomacy efforts, highlighting concerns lower-income countries are looking to U.S. competitors Russia and China for doses. "The U.S. should set a goal of vaccinating more than one billion people around the world by Thanksgiving—and without dumping intellectual property," Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) writes in a Monday op-ed to WSJ. Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) tweeted: "I’m glad that @POTUS has answered my calls to distribute extra U.S. COVID vaccines to our allies across the globe. As the Administration crafts its excess vaccine distribution plan, I again urge them to consider the people of Venezuela and the Bahamas."What to watch: The administration has yet to announce how the doses will be shared or which countries will receive them.Like this article? Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free.


Here are the 13 Florida Republicans who just can't quit Donald Trump and voted to overturn election results

click image Screen capture courtesy YouTube/ReutersRick ScottMatt GaetzCarlos GimenezBrian MastBill PoseyJohn RutherfordGreg SteubeDaniel WebsterByron DonaldsMario Diaz-BalartKat CammackNeal DunnScott FranklinPresident Trump stood in front of thousands who gathered in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday for the “Stop the Steal” rally and instructed them to march to the U.S. Capitol, where they then attacked law enforcement officers and broke into the federal building. Incited by false allegations of a stolen election, the terrorist attack resulted in four deaths and over 50 arrests.Despite these events, 147 Republican lawmakers still stood by their decision to obstruct the certification of the presidential election, perpetuating a lie that directly, ultimately, ended in violence.After the fascist mob was cleared from the building, the House reconvened and rejected the Arizona challenge by a vote of 303-121 and the Pennsylvania challenge by a vote of 282-138.Here are the 13 Florida Republicans who, despite the terrorism caused by Trump’s baseless rhetoric, still voted to sustain one or both objections:The decision by these politicians to support a failed Trump-led coup has resulted in progressive lawmakers demanding accountability for the GOP colleagues who were complicit in yesterday’s attack. According to the Riverfront Times , Rep. Cori Bush (D-Missouri) is planning to introduce a resolution calling for the expulsion of lawmakers who "incited this domestic terror attack through their attempts to overturn the election.”“They have broken their sacred Oath of Office,” said Bush. “I will be introducing a resolution calling for their expulsion.”