Road to Recovery: Administration Must Build Public Trust and Ensure Safe, Effective, and Free Coronavirus Vaccines   [open pdf - 833KB]

From the Executive Summary: "Public health preparedness is an issue of national security. As of this report, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has infected more than 8 million Americans, and taken the lives of more than 219,000, leaving the United States to represent the highest number of cases and deaths in the world. The Trump Administration's failure to establish a comprehensive response that includes a surge in testing, contact tracing, and the availability of personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as the Administration's continued political interference in what should be a science-based public health response, has made combating this pandemic even harder. A safe and effective vaccine that is free of charge and widely available to all Americans is an essential factor in reducing the spread of COVID-19. [...] This report, undertaken at the direction of U.S. Senator Gary Peters, Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, identifies critical gaps in the Administration's vaccine preparedness measures and recommends essential actions to strengthen our nation's response and speed the return to a post-pandemic world. More than nine months since President Trump learned about the severity and lethality of the coming COVID-19 pandemic, the United States still lacks a comprehensive national plan to combat the virus and continues to struggle securing N95 respirators and testing reagents, putting all Americans at increased risk."

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