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The Administration Must Do Everything in Its Power to Provide the Health Services and Equipment Needed to Save Lives
As the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting all of us, some communities are at risk of bearing the brunt of an inadequate public health response. The U.S. Administration can and must do more.
Health workers and other frontline responders and those who are marginalized and at greater risk will likely pay the price for something which can be addressed — a lack of testing, personal protective equipment (PPE), ventilators, and other vital healthcare equipment.
Hospitals in the most hard-hit areas are already over capacity with nurses and doctors having severely limited access to this critical equipment. These critical resources not only enable our health care workers and other frontline responders to protect their own safety and health, they can also help to alleviate suffering and save lives.
As an organization dedicated to human rights, we know that the right to health means we must do everything we can to ensure that access to care is available, accessible, and of good quality for all persons.
While all people can get COVID-19, certain groups appear to be at greater risk of exposure, severe illness, and death. People with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease) seem to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus. People with disabilities, people living with critical medical conditions, people living in poverty, the elderly, and communities with chronically under-resourced facilities are also disproportionately impacted.
For our communities to truly get a handle on this crisis and protect all people, we need a national, coordinated action on a scale not yet deployed. Take this urgent action to tell President Trump and other members of the U.S. Administration that we must exhaust every option available, including using the Defense Production Act (DPA) as needed, to increase production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other vital healthcare equipment, and drastically increase testing for COVID-19 across the country.