An open letter to the U.S. Congress

#Vaccines4Nepal US govt must distribute COVID vaccines toNepal

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I am writing to you on behalf of the 350,000 concerned Nepali diaspora community and the people of Nepal who are currently navigating the COVID-induced health disaster that has received little global media coverage. I request your immediate support to send humanitarian aid, specifically vaccine doses, vital oxygen, related equipment (oxygen cylinders, liquid oxygen tanks, oxygen delivering devices, and PSA oxygen plants among other things), and essential supplies for hospitals to support frontline health care workers and the people of Nepal most affected during the current outbreak. Nepal is reporting one of the fastest COVID-19 viral reproduction rates in the world, with a positivity ratio of 45%. Poor healthcare infrastructure, remote geography, and systematic challenges coordinating information and resources further compound this challenge. The already low capacity of frontline medical workers has been stretched thin, exacerbated by a critical shortage of hospital beds, supplementary oxygen, and intensive care facilities. There are less than 2000 ICU beds available in the whole country, and in areas where the cases are rising, most of these available critical care and ICU facilities are already full. With a significant percentage of Americans now vaccinated and the pandemic coming under control in the U.S., I humbly request the U.S. provide immediate support in sending vaccines to Nepal. Though the US gave $8.5 million in COVID support, these steps are not enough to forestall immeasurable devastation for the people of Nepal. Nepal needs a more significant investment to prevent significant loss of life. For a health system that is already stretched well beyond its capacity, only rapid and extensive vaccination can provide meaningful relief and mitigate the devastating impact of this rapidly evolving disaster. As a U.S. citizen I am proud to see the tremendous strides the U.S. has made in recent months to protect our own citizens and to increase domestic vaccine supply and distribution. Now, we ask that the U.S. channel its energies to addressing a true humanitarian crisis in the making.

First sent on May 16 by #Vaccines4Nepal

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