Cassidy comments on recently passed global vaccine access amendment

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRPROUD) – U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy and Minnesota U.S. Sen. Tina Smith’s bipartisan amendment to improve global vaccine access was signed into law.

According to an official press release, the bipartisan amendment will present an opportunity to the country to be the leader in vaccine distribution across the globe.

“Increasing global access to the COVID vaccine is vital to U.S. economic and national security,” Cassidy says. “Our amendment ensures the United States is at the forefront of global vaccine distribution and supply.”

The bipartisan amendment will explore the government’s ability to collect soon-to-expire COVID-19 vaccine doses and send them to countries overseas. The amendment will study options on collecting vaccines that are not expired and go through different ideas on properly shipping and handling vaccines to other countries.

The Department of Health and Human Services is now required to conduct a federal study to identify what components are needed in order for vaccines to be collected and shipped because of the amendment.

“Expanding worldwide access to COVID-19 vaccines is central to ending the pandemic,” Smith says. “This amendment will take important steps towards slowing the spread of this virus, allowing the United States to improve COVID-19 vaccine access for low- and middle-income countries, and leading the world out of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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