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H.R. 4362: Curbing China’s Vaccine Diplomacy Act


The text of the bill below is as of Jul 6, 2021 (Introduced).


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 4362

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 6, 2021

(for himself, Ms. Salazar, and Mr. Diaz-Balart) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs

A BILL

To prioritize the international distribution of COVID-19 vaccine doses, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Curbing China’s Vaccine Diplomacy Act.

2.

Prioritization of international distribution of COVID-19 vaccine doses

(a)

Prioritization

(1)

In general

In carrying out the international distribution of COVID-19 vaccine doses, the Secretary of State shall prioritize such distribution to Taiwan and crucial Latin American allies.

(2)

Timing

The Secretary of State may not carry out this section until such time as the certification described in subsection (d) has been transmitted.

(b)

Reservation

The Secretary of State shall ensure that of the total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses intended for international distribution, not less than 25 percent of such doses are reserved for and distributed to Taiwan and crucial Latin American allies.

(c)

Prohibition

The Secretary of State may not distribute internationally to any recipient or country any COVID-19 vaccine doses until Taiwan and crucial Latin American allies have each received at least a first shipment of the reservation specified in subsection (b).

(d)

Certification

Not later than 10 days after the Administration determines all Americans have been afforded ample opportunity to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the Administration shall transmit to Congress a certification so attesting.

(e)

Exception

The Secretary of State may not distribute COVID-19 vaccine does under this section to any country the government (or related governmental entity) of which has been determined to have engaged in systemic or widespread human rights abuses in accordance with the Department of State’s most recent Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.

(f)

Sunset

This section shall terminate five days after the date on which the Secretary of State makes a determination that Taiwan and crucial Latin American allies each have achieved 40 percent vaccination rates of their respective populations.

(g)

Definition

The term crucial Latin American allies means those countries in Latin America determined by the Secretary of State to have deep diplomatic, military, or cultural ties with the United States.