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house Bill H.R. 6334

Should the U.S. Participate in the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Initiatives to Coordinate Vaccine Development?

Argument in favor

The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Initiatives (CEPI) and its partners, the World Health Organization (WHO) and Gavi, are leading the international effort on COVID-19 vaccine development. As a global superpower, the U.S. should rightfully be a member of the coalition. Joining CEPI would benefit the U.S. by serving as a hedge on development of vaccines for COVID-19 and other future epidemic threats, and benefit the global community insofar as the U.S. could provide much-needed financial and political support for CEPI’s work.

jimK's Opinion
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11/18/2020
Yes, absolutely. Like it or not we are members of a world-wide community of nations and need to be responsible world-citizens in helping to deal with world-wide consequential issues. The eradication of this pandemic can only occur when it is eradicated everywhere in the world. If this is not done efficiently and equitably, we run the risk of new more potent strains developing elsewhere - and these new strains could well develop new features that our currently promising vaccines cannot stop. It is time for this country to be a world partner in resolving world problems in an equitable and responsible manner. I truly hope we can re-establish our devastated diplomatic corps to regain some of the trust that our country had before the trump experiment.
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Joan's Opinion
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11/18/2020
We must rejoin WHO and work collaboratively with other countries not only on COVID-19 but on the devastating viruses that are coming. The isolationist attitude the trump administration’s advocating with regard to everything is hurting our ability to survive. And we must share our current vaccine information for the good of humanity.
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Frank-001's Opinion
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11/18/2020
Representatives, Support, advocate and pass HR 6334, the Securing American From Epidemics (SAFE) Act. Pass the SAFE Act to authorize the U.S. to participate in the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Initiatives (CEPI). Joining a well run international alliance of countries and private partners whose mission is to finance and coordinate the development of vaccines for high-priority, epidemic-level threats is essential to the health and security of our country today and in the future. Importantly, this bill would direct the president to submit a report no more than 180 days after this bill’s passage. To believe that American Science is superior to the science done in other countries is shamefully ignorant! To try to go it alone is foolishly shortsighted and extremely limiting!! Pass HR 6334!
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Argument opposed

Given the mid-November 2020 announcements of positive phase 3 clinical trial results from vaccine candidates being developed by both Pfizer (in conjunction with BioNTech) and Moderna Therapeutics, it’s no longer necessary for the U.S. to even consider joining CEPI. Rather than wasting time debating whether to join CEPI, federal lawmakers’ and U.S. health officials’ time would be better spent negotiating directly with vaccine manufacturers of soon-to-be-approved vaccines to ensure that patients both in and beyond the U.S. have equitable access to their products.

B.R.'s Opinion
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11/18/2020
I believe we are beyond this point at this juncture, especially considering the recent news on the progress that the US has made on the vaccines, which is directly with the manufacturers. Additionally, I would not trust the WHO based on their very questionable behavior/advice at the start of this virus and thereafter. They were no doubt compromised by China.
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Judy's Opinion
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11/18/2020
Why not allow the vaccine to flow through the same channels that flu vaccines go through? Why the military? We need to get our country working again and the vaccine is a good way to start.
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Ronald's Opinion
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11/18/2020
The only coalition to Join is: The Coalition to end Coalitions. The is nothing for Congress to borrow Our money on.
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    Yes, absolutely. Like it or not we are members of a world-wide community of nations and need to be responsible world-citizens in helping to deal with world-wide consequential issues. The eradication of this pandemic can only occur when it is eradicated everywhere in the world. If this is not done efficiently and equitably, we run the risk of new more potent strains developing elsewhere - and these new strains could well develop new features that our currently promising vaccines cannot stop. It is time for this country to be a world partner in resolving world problems in an equitable and responsible manner. I truly hope we can re-establish our devastated diplomatic corps to regain some of the trust that our country had before the trump experiment.
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    I believe we are beyond this point at this juncture, especially considering the recent news on the progress that the US has made on the vaccines, which is directly with the manufacturers. Additionally, I would not trust the WHO based on their very questionable behavior/advice at the start of this virus and thereafter. They were no doubt compromised by China.
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    Hey how about that pandemic response team that we used to have helping protect the people in the USA? Oh yeah, the Trump administration axed the executive branch team responsible for coordinating a response to a pandemic.
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    The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations is needed to organize vaccine research on infectious diseases worldwide as the Biopharma industry has dedicated resources to Covid-19 research only because it was a catastrophic threat & they were paid billions up front for the work. Once Covid-19 vaccines have contained the threat they will return to the much more profitable cancer research & development. However, infectious diseases won’t disappear. Many existing diseases still lack effective vaccines as they don’t effect the entire globe. And there will constantly be new, emerging diseases that it would be better to control from the onset before they become a pandemic & cost billions of dollars to control. https://academic.oup.com/epirev/article/41/1/28/5588068 https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/nejmp2003762 https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/01/cepi-vaccines/513335/
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    DUH! Of course we should! Y'all know there had been another virus that transferred from sheep to human. This one was stopped in its tracks.
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    We must rejoin WHO and work collaboratively with other countries not only on COVID-19 but on the devastating viruses that are coming. The isolationist attitude the trump administration’s advocating with regard to everything is hurting our ability to survive. And we must share our current vaccine information for the good of humanity.
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    Viruses don’t respect borders. We should be a part of worldwide efforts to research, produce, and distribute vaccines all across the globe...we should be leading this cause, not weighing in on whether or not we should join.
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    Representatives, Support, advocate and pass HR 6334, the Securing American From Epidemics (SAFE) Act. Pass the SAFE Act to authorize the U.S. to participate in the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Initiatives (CEPI). Joining a well run international alliance of countries and private partners whose mission is to finance and coordinate the development of vaccines for high-priority, epidemic-level threats is essential to the health and security of our country today and in the future. Importantly, this bill would direct the president to submit a report no more than 180 days after this bill’s passage. To believe that American Science is superior to the science done in other countries is shamefully ignorant! To try to go it alone is foolishly shortsighted and extremely limiting!! Pass HR 6334!
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    Once again, Jimk gave all the reasons quite eloquently.
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    We will not join this as long as Trump is still in office. We couldn’t even join Sam’s Club at this point.
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    As the main superpower on this planet, and the wealthiest nation, we have a moral responsibility to share our wealth by coordinating in all efforts at global health. All citizens of this planet will benefit from our participation in efforts to develop vaccines and take leadership in public health initiatives. If we don't participate, we're just part of the problems that cause pandemics such as COVID-19 to spread. We must stop being isolationist and anti-science and realize we all share this planet.
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    Yes, and we should also involve our pandemic response team, oh that’s right the wise one thought they weren’t needed. GOP needs to get their heads out of their ass and face the facts Trump will not be the president and it’s time to get this transition moving.
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    We had a department that was setup to do that, but Trump got rid of it because a black man started it. The people that should get the vaccine is first responders ( doctors, nurses, EMT, and support staff), then school (teacher, bus drivers, children k-12 and support staff) plus police officers, then elderly (nursing home, people over 60) plus pregnant women, then essential workers (people working in the food industry), then college ( teacher, support staff and students) and then other businesses plus employees, government and last the rest of the population. This would start the economy in an orderly manner!
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    Everyone on the planet has to be on the same page in order to be prepared for any and all epidemics so we never see another deadly pandemic again. So in short...yes! We did have a Pandemic Preparedness Manual that a certain f***ing moron dick-tator wannabe threw away! So...f*** him and his f***ing trumplicans for f***ing us over for 4 years!!!
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    In order to not only be a world leader, but also serve the vast diversity that makes our own country great, you have so be part of global coalitions. Participation makes us stronger.
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    Hell-Yes! Pandemic means "worldwide epidemic". And SARS-CoV-2 may the first this century but it won't be the last one. We need a global organization to coordinate the administration of vaccines, focus on prevention strategies and treatment all around the world. Having all the the worlds' major powers involved is essential to its success now and in the future. That is the function of CEPI.
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    I think joining up with this coalition would benefit us greatly as getting information on any and all vaccines and trials will help determine the safest ones to distribute to our populations. More information is always better than less. Also making sure the whole world gets vaccinated only protects our people as they get back to traveling and at the same times stabilizes the world. This is a good thing.
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    The best vaccines are made somewhere in the world. We need to join the rest of humanity to save people, other nations’ and our own.
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    Working together makes us stronger toward a common problem. Caren, it’s the first thing you’ve said that makes me smile. Choice is wonderful !
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    Please note that this is really the 5th strand of the COVID virus and with climate change and an increase in meat consumption making us trap more animals in more remote places on the planet while simultaneously cause more animals that wouldn’t normally interact sharing germs then this will continue and possibly get worse next time. Population increases and a rise in the middle classes in places like India and China this won’t get better. Our country needs to maintain both a leadership role and alliances as new technologies and new diseases develop. This is good for all Americans and the world.
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