Representative Adriano Espaillat released the following statement with the introduction of his legislation.
The COVID-19 Cold Storage Expansion Act of 2020:
“With the planned meeting this week and next week by the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee reviewing the safety and efficacy of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna mRNA COVID-19 vaccine candidates, we need to make sure that all willing providers are able to receive, store, and deliver these COVID-19 vaccines if approved,” said Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13). “The COVID-19 Cold Storage would allow providers who complete and sign the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) COVID–19 Vaccination Program Provider Agreement to be reimbursed for the costs of purchasing new equipment that would meet the specific standards as recommended by the CDC.
“Allowing more providers to be registered in their city, state, and region to receive and administer these mRNA vaccines will be a critical part of the wider vaccination campaign that must occur to successfully combat this COVID-19 virus,” Espaillat continued. “While the priority in the near term will be vaccination of frontline health care workers, elderly residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities and essential workers, this legislation will benefit all cities and regions as the wider vaccination campaigns begin in 2020 and continue into 2021.”
First elected to Congress in 2016, Rep. Adriano Espaillat is serving his second term in Congress where he serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and the House Small Business Committee.
He serves as a Senior Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) where he also serves in a leadership role as CHC Whip.
He is also chairman of the CHC Task Force for Transportation, Infrastructure and Housing. Rep. Espaillat’s Congressional District includes Harlem, East Harlem, northern Manhattan and the north-west Bronx.
To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at https://espaillat.house.gov/.