Leader of the Senate for minorities Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDemocrats blame Trump for commuting Roger Stone: “The most corrupt president in history” Renewed focus on research and development funding is needed from government Data show that seven Senate Democrats have a majority non-white PLUS staff (DN.Y.) and Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayGOP Health Committee Chair Says He Disagrees With WHO’s Trump Decision Battle For Lobbying Prepared For Access To COVID-19 Vaccine seek to reassure the public about the safety of a potential coronavirus PLUS vaccine (Wash.), The first Democrat on the Senate Health Committee, released a white paper on Monday stating that the Trump administration must do more to plan this endeavor. They are calling for $ 25 billion in funding to be included in the next coronavirus response package, due out later this month, as well as policy changes.
They also demand that the administration publish a comprehensive plan for “all phases of the vaccination business” by August 7. A similar democratic push to demand a test administration plan was a stumbling block in a previous coronavirus response bill.
“When it comes to protecting Americans from this pandemic, we cannot afford not to do it right,” Schumer said in a statement. “Republicans must join us in this effort and include the funding and policies set out in this proposal in the next Coronavirus Response Bill.” “
Democrats say they want to make sure that the vaccination effort goes more smoothly than the test effort, which has suffered from supply shortages and other problems.
“If the Trump administration’s vaccine efforts are even a fraction as chaotic as their testing efforts, our country is in deep trouble,” said Murray in a statement.
The $ 25 billion would be used in part to increase the production of supplies such as vials, syringes and rubber stoppers.
The administration has already provided funding in these areas, but questions were asked about the readiness of some of the awarded companies. Frontline and The Associated Press reported last week on new and unproven technology for a vaccine injector, a company receiving administrative funding, ApiJect Systems America, is using.
Funding would also go towards the creation of new clinics and other immunization sites across the country, the recruitment of workers for them and a communications campaign to encourage people to get vaccinated and fight vaccine misinformation.
The senators also said that Congress should “demand that the federal government prioritize the distribution of vaccines in a manner that optimizes public health,” such as giving priority to the populations or workers most at risk in front line of the fight.
To guarantee free vaccine for patients, Democrats are calling on the government to buy and distribute it. Apart from that, they say that Congress should fill all the existing gaps in vaccine insurance coverage to ensure that it is free for everyone, including the uninsured.
“Developing, producing, distributing and administering hundreds of millions of doses of vaccine quickly and fairly will be a daunting challenge, requiring effective management, discipline and transparency,” said Murray. “Unfortunately, this administration has a poor record out of the three. “