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Statement: Trump’s Vaccine EO is a False Choice

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump is expected on Tuesday to sign an Executive Order prioritizing vaccine access for Americans before working with partners abroad. Peter Maybarduk, director of Public Citizen’s Access to Medicines program, released this statement:

“It’s a false choice.

“Instead of pitting people against each other, the president should be advocating global access to COVID-19 vaccines.

“The U.S. government can expand the supply of vaccines everywhere by scaling-up manufacturing, sharing technology with the World Health Organization, and teaching the world to make safe and effective vaccines. That would help shorten the pandemic, save lives and restore jobs. All that’s missing is effective U.S. global leadership.”