Is the US doing enough to help India’s COVID crisis?

Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, on what to expect if the vaccine is authorized for kids 12 to 15 and the potential spread of COVID as larger gatherings begin.
3:48 | 05/09/21

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awful situation. Thaing -- thank you so much. We turn now. Joining us now is Dr. Francis Collins. Thank you so much for being with us this mother's day. I want to pick up on the crisis there in India right now. Some aid groups argue the U.S. Is not doing enough, accusing us of hoarding vaccines. We heard in the reports that the pleas from people. Should we be doing more to help? Well, I can assure you this is on front of mind for everyone trying to figure out what more can be done. We are shipping ventilators and oxygen as you saw. Ppe is being sent in large quantities. Vaccines will be made available as soon as they are cleared by the fda which we think should be fairly soon. So all those efforts are absolutely moving as quickly as possible. It is absolutely heartbreaking to see what's happening in India. I might say while India has most of the attention when you look at some of what's happening in South America, there's deep, deep trouble there as well. We are not done with this global pandemic by any means, even though here in the United States we are beginning to see really encouraging signs of getting past the worst of it. And as we've seen with this pandemic, threats overseas could certainly be a problem here for us at home, but I want to turn back to the U.S. We are making progress on vaccinations as you mentioned. Cases coming down, but there will be family gatherings this weekend for mother's day of course. Given where we are in the pandemic right now, how much does that concern you, and what advice do you have for how we should actually get together? Well, first of all, let me say happy mother's day to all the moms as this is their day, and moms are the ones who have often been handling a lot of the responsibilities for covid. You have been ordering the masks and the hand sanitizers. You have been checking out the information about the a lot of families, it's the moms who have basically gone out and said, yes. We need to get this family immunized. Maybe they haven't. Maybe the dads and adult children haven't gotten around to it yet. A pitch here. All you husbands, sons and daughters who are 16 and older, give your mom a present. Sign up and get your vaccine if you haven't already done it, and let me give you a tip if you find out how to do that. Go to your phone and just punch in a text to get vax. Grk -- g-e-t-v-a-x. That would be 438829. Punch in your zip code, and you will get immediately three locations where vaccines are available. So no reason to say, I don't know where to go. G-e-t-v-a-x. 438829. It's mother's day. Give mom a present. She'll love you for it. Speaking of sons and daughters, this week we are expecting the pfizer vaccine will be ready for kids 12 to 15, but many are still hesitant. Even parents who got the vaccine themselves. What's your message to them? I would say if the fda decides so issue this, it's because they've looked with great care at the data, and concluded that this is entirely safe and effective, and we've seen a lot of that data previously, but the fda is going to look at it in even more detail. That would be really encouraging that this vaccine basically works for adolescents the same way it does for adults. I have a 14-year-old granddaughter. I will tell you I'm getting asked questions by her mom and dad, and I'm saying, if fda approves it, by all means, get her signed up. Roll up the sleeve. That will provide a whole lot more opportunity for freedom for those kids, and we want to be able to open up the high schools and the middle schools in the September timeline. This is the way to get started on that ahead of time and have everybody in a safer space. So I think this is a great opportunity, but let's see what fda says. I think we're going to find out this week. We'll stand by. Thank you for your time this morning, and enjoy the rest of - your mother's day weekend. We do appreciate it.

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