In March of this calendar year, the United States Congress allotted nearly $11 billion to help with funding for international COVID-19 relief packages. Outside of the U.S., many have been badly hit by the pandemic.
Even though American people have been given easy access to the multiple opportunities to get the COVID-19 vaccination, others have been less lucky, relying more on these relief packages that generously come from those who see that it may be years before they get the chance to vaccinate themselves. Additionally, our urgency to get these relief packages out should be higher than ever. Just this past year, we saw multiple COVID-19 variants come in contact with global society, the deadliest of them being the Delta variant.
The matter of the fact is that while we have made tremendous progress in the U.S. to go about daily life safer and in lesser fear of contracting COVID-19 or any of the variants, our friends abroad, who sometimes depend on us to help them out, cannot as easily keep themselves safe from the disease. In a more simplistic manner, we need to pull our weight and put more effort in sending out accommodating relief.
I am an ambassador for The Borgen Project. I push myself to contact my Congressional leaders, through both email and phone, to consider advocating for more money to be given added to the COVID-19 relief budget. I hope you take some time to do the same thing.