In Puerto Rico, 80% of its population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19. However, in the continental United States, that rate drops to only 60% of the eligible population.
Carmen Yulín Cruz, the Harriet L. Weissman and Paul M. Weissman Distinguished Fellow in Leadership at the Weissman Center for Leadership and the former mayor of San Juan, attributed Puerto Rico’s vaccination rate to one simple thing: its apolitical approach.
“The vaccine was never weaponized,” Cruz said to guest host Bianna Golodryga on “Amanpour” on CNN International. “We knew it wasn’t about politics, it was about saving lives. It was science-based and science-centered.”
Cruz praised the distribution of vaccines in Puerto Rico and emphasized the importance of everyone working together to overcome adversity.
“When crises come, they don’t ask you who you voted for,” Cruz said.