Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Leaders Urge Congress To Take Action In Next Relief Bill To Ensure All Workers Get Low Cost COVID Medicines
Congressmen Chuy Garcia and Steven Horsford joined Lower Drug Prices Now and frontline workers for a tele-town hall urging Congress to guarantee affordable medicines and vaccines for workers by preventing pandemic profiteering by drug corporations that received taxpayer funds for developing COVID treatments.
Essential frontline workers in hospitals, grocery stores, warehouses, public safety and many other occupations are taking daily risks to provide the critical services, deliveries and products to keep the rest of us healthy and fed.
Congress must ensure in the next COVID 19 relief package that all essential workers get access to no cost testing, treatments and vaccines to take care of themselves and their families.
Congress has already given more than $3 billion in taxpayer dollars to cover the research, development and manufacturing for promising coronavirus treatments. Despite taxpayer investment, Americans and communities across the globe have received no commitment from the Trump Administration and Congress that a COVID-19 vaccine and other treatments will be affordable to all.
This tele-Town Hall was co-sponsored by Lower Drug Prices Now partners UNIDOS Action Fund, the United Food and Commercial Workers and Battleborn Progress.
WHO: Congressman Chuy Garcia (IL-4)
Congressman Steven Horsford (NV-4)
Jennie Carreon, VP of Civic Engagement at Altamed Inc in California, an affiliate
of UNIDOS Action Fund, and a network of community health centers that serve immigrants and frontline workers.
Courtney Meadows, a Kroger worker in Bexley, WV and UFCW Local 400 member.
Moderated by Margarida Jorge, Lower Drug Prices Now