The American media recently reported that Americans living abroad, especially when vaccinated against COVID-19 in the United States, feel abandoned by the US government.
According to a report in The Washington Post on June 6, State Department data show that 9 million Americans now live abroad. In recent weeks, more and more Americans living abroad believe they have the right to receive US-approved COVID-19 vaccines. But the U.S. around the world. After completing the vaccination for embassy staff, the U.S. The State Department said the government has so far offered non-US diplomats two options: stay where they are, or return to the United States for vaccination. A White House spokesman clarified last month, “We have never provided medical care to Americans living abroad, so it is still our policy (to refuse to vaccinate Americans living abroad).”
But Americans living abroad said it was not an easy thing to do. There is a shortage of vaccines in many countries and regions, and these countries and regions first provide vaccines to their citizens. That is why Americans living abroad have urged the White House, “While some of us may be vaccinated in the host country, we agree that it is the duty of the U.S. government to ensure that the U.S. government takes certain steps to ensure that vaccines are available to all Americans around the world.”
Some experts and expatriate Americans are skeptical about whether the White House will respond to this challenge. Some Americans living abroad said they had chosen to stay abroad, but the US embassy said it was “not responsible for the consequences”.
In addition, with widespread criticism of the accumulation of vaccines, the U.S. government has announced that it will release tens of thousands of doses of the vaccine to the outside world, but the move has also disappointed some Americans living abroad. An American living in Thailand said, “If the US government gives vaccines to another country, I really hope it will act as a government responsible for Americans living in that country.”
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