Washington, DC, September 24, 2021 – The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) today sent a letter to President Biden requesting additional COVID vaccines, tests, and PPE resources be directed to Vietnam and other partners in the region. Vietnam is the second largest foreign source of sports and fitness products to the United States. This letter was released one day after the Biden administration announced this week that 500 million additional vaccines doses are being sent to developing countries worldwide.
“Our industry is facing unprecedented supply chain challenges and getting vaccines to key global partners will help our industry, our consumers, and the US economy, as well as making progress on the global effort to fight the pandemic,” says Tom Cove, President & CEO, SFIA.
Recognizing the United States as the world leader in vaccine production, SFIA urges the United States Government to take care of domestic needs and also make more vaccines available in an effort to eradicate this horrible disease around the world, including in key Asian countries where they are desperately needed.
“The COVID pandemic has illuminated the importance of Americans staying physically active, getting outdoors and having fun with sports and other activities,” states Cove. “As one of America’s primary industries responsible for supporting these aspects of physical and mental health, we respectfully make our request to drive pandemic resources to key partners while emphasizing this connection between supply chains and American health benefits.”
You can find a copy of the letter that was sent to the President here.
For further information please contact Bill Sells, SFIA SVP of Government and Public Affairs, at [email protected].
ABOUT SFIA: The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), the #1 source for sport and fitness research, is the leading global trade association of manufacturers, retailers, and marketers in the sports products and fitness industry. SFIA seeks to promote sports and fitness participation, as well as industry vitality through research, thought leadership, public affairs, industry affairs and member services. For more information, please visit www.sfia.org.