CNMI Congressman includes Guam in plans for quicker distribution of vaccines

Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (file photo)

Saipan Delegate Kalili Sablan’s plan to distribute Covid-19 vaccinations to the Pacific Island nations in the best and quickest way possible, will apply to Guam as well, if approved, according to Guam congressional candidate Robert Underwood.

In a letter dated November 6, 2020 to Dr. Robert Redfield, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Sablan expressed concerns on the CDC’s proposed distribution plan for the Pacific Island region, and suggested a regional approach for consideration, stating it is the most effective
way to get more people vaccinated in the shortest time.

In his newsletter, Sablan writes, “I have already obtained the backing of American Samoa Delegate Amata Radewagen (R), Natural Resources Committee Chair Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), and Democratic Representatives Barbara Lee, Judy Chu and Ami Bera of California for my letter to CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield, urging he think again.”

Sablan wrote, “With relatively small populations, separated by great distance, and given the need to keep vaccines at very low temperatures, a go-it-alone approach for each insular area will not get the most people vaccinated in the shortest time, which should be our goal.”

Congressman Robert Underwood has thanked Congressman Sablan for including Guam, and is looking forward to a positive response. Congressman Sablan has requested a response from the CDC by November 15.

(Dr. Robert Underwood News Release)