Global action needed for potential Covid waves
Life may be returning to some form of normalcy in the United States – but “the danger is before us” if the world does not unite to fight the pandemic in other countries like India, said Myron Brilliant of the American Chamber of Commerce.
Last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said fully vaccinated people would no longer need to wear face masks in many settings, both indoors and outdoors.
Some retailers and restaurants have adopted this guide, making mask warrants easier for customers who are fully vaccinated.
“We have seen progress here in the United States, we are bringing the pandemic under control, we are seeing an economic recovery in critical sectors, including manufacturing,” said Brilliant, executive vice president of the chamber and head of international affairs .
“But we have to be alarmed at what we are seeing in India and the potential for other waves. We are concerned about South East Asia, South Asia,” he told CNBC. “Squawk Box Asia” Tuesday.
Countries like India, Nepal and Malaysia have seen peaks in the number of Covid-19 cases in recent weeks.
India, in particular, has been grappling with a spike in deaths and infections in recent weeks, with daily confirmed cases exceeding 400,000 on some days.
A mix of masked and unmasked people enjoyed The Strand of Hermosa Beach, Calif., A day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) relaxed the guidelines for those vaccinated.
Jay L. Clendenin | Los Angeles Times | Getty Images
“What is happening there is devastating,” Brilliant said, noting that millions of people in India are employed by American companies.
“So, certainly, we are not out of the woods here. The danger is before us if we do not deal with this pandemic and do not address the challenges in countries all over the world, including India,” he said. declared.
While there may be economic growth in parts of the world such as the United States and China, Brilliant said it “doesn’t matter” unless the global community works together to manage new waves of Covid elsewhere.
“This virus is not behind us,” he said, pointing to the cases in India.
“If we do not bring it under control, these countries are going to be seriously challenged to face not only the health crisis, but also the economic crisis,” he said.
It is important that countries respond in a coordinated manner, he said.
“The United States cannot act alone. We cannot come out of this pandemic alone, we cannot see an economic recovery if we are going to sell 95% of the market outside the United States – we have to work together to get this pandemic under control, ”Brilliant said.