Democrats say the federal government needs to establish a national plan to respond to the coronavirus, including the production and distribution of a coronavirus vaccine.
Party leaders unveiled their national protocols to ensure “equitable” distribution that wouldn’t happen until the Food and Drug Administration assures the vaccine’s safety.
They call for a national strategy for both testing and local decisions, such as when schools and businesses can reopen.
“This should all be done on a national level,” House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, a New Jersey Democrat, said at a press conference Thursday, adding that the states “don’t know what do do” about school operations.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave states an Oct. 16 deadline to provide plans for how they will distribute a coronavirus vaccine when it becomes available. Democrats want that nationalized, too.
Democrats seek Republican backing for their “National Vaccine Plan,” which would provide $28 billion to develop, manufacture,