American agriculture lobbies for priority to COVID-19 vaccine

The lobbying has already started in the United States for priority access to a COVID-19 vaccine once it becomes available. On November 11, the United Fresh Produce Association and allied partners urged the American president to recognize the critical role of essential workers in agriculture, food processing and distribution, retail and restaurants.

 

In its November 11 letter, reference was made to the COVID-19 Vaccination Program Interim Playbook which considers prioritizing four groups if initial vaccine supplies are limited. They include:  healthcare personnel, non-healthcare essential workers, adults with high-risk medical conditions and people 65 years of age and older. 

 

The letter said: “As described in the Playbook, we strongly support prioritizing essential workers in critical infrastructure industries, including those responsible for ensuring the continuity of our nation’s food supply.” 

 

Source:  United Fresh Produce Association November 11, 2020 letter

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