Business Groups Pushing for Access to Coronavirus Vaccine for Workers
September 24, 2020
Three US pharmaceutical firms now have candidates for COVID-19 vaccines in late-stage clinical trials. Regardless of which one gains approval first, the nation’s food, beverage and household products manufacturers want their workers to have early access to a shot. In July, the North American Meat Institute, the American Frozen Food institute, the National Milk Producers Federation and the United Fresh Produce Association sent a letter to the Trump Administration making the case that employees in their industries should have priority access to a vaccine after health care workers and first responders are immunized. The Consumer Brands Association (CBA) sent its own appeal to the Centers for Disease Control on behalf of workers who produce disinfectants, cleansers, hand sanitizer, toilet paper and other packaged goods. “These essential items are critically important to the sustainability of our nation’s healthcare facilities, and vital to the commercial and community services necessary for critical infrastructure,” said Betsy Booren, CBA’s senior vice president of regulatory and technical affairs at CBA.
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