As states continue to battle with the idea of fully opening up or leaving certain aspects closed, the conversation has now shifted to the idea of whether or not there should be a vaccine mandate if a vaccine should be created.
With countries racing to create one and already setting up trials to combat the continued spread of the coronavirus, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (R) commented on how the United States should move forward if it should develop a vaccine.
“No one disputes the medical miracle of vaccines,” expressed the Kentucky lawmaker before asserting that “if we have a vaccine that works, by all means let’s try to vaccinate everyone that’s willing to.”
Sen. Rand Paul: "If we have a vaccine that works, by all means let's try to vaccinate everyone that's willing to." pic.twitter.com/gfWvLUqk9q
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In the sunshine state, Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) worked across the aisle. with Virginia Senator Tim Kaine (D), both members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, to pass their resolution supporting GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance.
In a statement released after the resolution was passed, Senator Rubio argued that “GAVI remains a leading organization in providing critical support to advance global health security by ensuring access to life-saving vaccines and immunizations.” The Senator admitted that he was “happy to see the Senate unanimously approved this bipartisan resolution commending GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, for their efforts to expand vaccines, especially for children in developing countries.”
Senator Tim Kaine, the former 2016 Vice Presidential nominee, echoed in Rubio’s remarks, adding that “now more than ever, it’s clear how critical GAVI’s efforts are to expand access to vaccines and immunizations to the world’s most vulnerable.” He praised GAVI for their work, noting that “their indispensable work has saved hundreds of millions of children from fatal diseases, and their mission now continues in helping low-income countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.”