11.24.20

Daines Urges CDC to Ensure all Montana Communities Get Access to COVID-19 Vaccines Once Approved

Request follows Daines’ participation in Pfizer’s vaccine trial to build trust, confidence for Montanans

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today called on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure Montanans across the state, including those in rural communities, get access to a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine as quickly as possible. This follows Daines’ announcement that he participated in Pfizer’s vaccine trial to build confidence and trust for Montanans and the American people wondering if they should take the vaccine. 

“As states across the country work to develop their vaccine distribution plans in consultation with the federal government, I encourage the CDC to consider the unique challenges facing those in remote and rural communities in Montana and across the nation who may have difficulty accessing vaccination services,” Daines wrote. “It will also be critical to ensure that frontline health care heroes, essential workers, individuals with medical conditions possessing risk factors for severe COVID-19 illness, as well as staff and residents of long-term care facilities such as nursing homes have access to a safe and effective vaccine as soon as possible.”

To read Daines’ letter to CDC Director Redfield, click HERE

Daines has been working with the nation’s top scientists, researchers, American innovators, and Administration officials to lead the fight in the Senate to secure funding for the dual tracking of vaccine manufacturing and clinical trials, known as Operation Warp Speed.

Just last week, Senator Daines announced his participation in Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine trial and his positive test for COVID-19 antibodies.

Background:

Daines has been leading the efforts in Congress to respond to the coronavirus outbreak impacting the country. To read about Daines’ COVID-19 related efforts, click HERE