Americans Should Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine First
Right now, researchers and drug makers are working tirelessly to develop a safe and effective vaccine to combat COVID-19. Since this pandemic began, I have worked on a bipartisan basis to protect the health and safety of North Carolinians, including supporting billions of dollars to produce a safe and effective vaccine as quickly as possible.
Promoting Public/Private Partnerships to Advance Testing and Combat Coronavirus
As we continue to battle COVID-19 and work towards returning to normal, we must prioritize widespread testing availability. Diagnostic and antibody testing is a foundational step in identifying hotspots and understanding the extent of community spread so we can make informed decisions to combat an outbreak. The mass production of tests around the country is a result of long-lasting public/private partnerships between federal health agencies, academic medical centers, and clinical laboratories, among others, that allow for a quicker, more effective response to public health emergencies.
Working on Behalf of all North Carolina Veterans and Servicemembers
My top priority has been taking care of our servicemembers and veterans. As a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee and the Senate Armed Services Committee, I have worked across the aisle to make sure our brave men and women receive benefits, pay raises, and protections they deserve.
Protecting North Carolinians from Price Gougers
When the COVID-19 pandemic began in the United States, many Americans noticed that prices on necessary, everyday items shot up. My office has also heard stories about bad actors in different states and countries who were attempting to upcharge prices on PPE to rip-off our health care systems.
Supporting Flexibility for School Meals
I remain committed to helping every family during this unprecedented time, especially every child in our great state of North Carolina.
Supporting Vaccine Research and Accessibility
To beat COVID-19, we must support our medical researchers, academic institutions, scientists, and doctors as they work tirelessly to discover cures and treatments, and ultimately a safe and effective vaccine, for COVID-19. That is why I have been leading the bipartisan push for more funding for COVID-19 medical research.
Wear a Mask to Protect You, Your Neighbor, and Your Communities
And remember that wearing a facial covering not only helps save lives, it will also help save jobs. One study found that 80% of Americans regularly wearing a facial covering when they go out would actually be more effective at flattening the curve than a strict economic shutdown with social distancing.
Safely Reopening Schools and Providing Students with Quality Education
It is my highest priority to ensure that schools are safely opened as soon as possible in a way that protects the overall health and well-being of all students, families, educators, and school employees. When physical reopening is not possible, we need to make sure students are receiving the highest quality education possible.