'Essential' worker calls for COVID vaccine distribution
For blue-collar workers like me — often deemed essential — the COVID-19 pandemic has implicated our work and personal lives with immense danger. Americans are raring to get back to work, and this virus is truly testing our patience. I want things to return to normal just as much as the next person, but I know that isn't necessarily possible without the development and distribution of a vaccine for the virus.
I am certain that the solution to this issue will come by way of a vaccine, which is why our lawmakers must do all that they can to ensure that the biopharmaceutical industry is supported in their endeavors to make that become a reality. However, the administration has recently implemented a new health care policy, called the most-favore-nation policy, that infringes upon the free market that often results in the industry's successes — largely speaking, the American biopharmaceutical industry produces more breakthrough cures than any other country in the world. But the most-favored-nation policy stands to change that by circumventing the resources that biopharmaceutical researchers and scientists need to continue conducting their work.
The only way for us to get back to work is for Oregon's lawmakers to work on our behalf to bolster the biopharmaceutical industry in its efforts to develop a vaccine or cure for COVID-19. We need to preserve our free market, not hinder it.
Jesus Garzon is a welder and a resident of urban unincorporated Clackamas County.
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