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Demand Protective Gear for COVID-19 Health Care First-Responders

Mask shortages, equipment rationing, separation from their own families and increasing rates of infection. As they serve us on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, health care workers are facing dangerous shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) and already we're seeing health professionals in critical condition after contracting the virus.

Please, join PHR in demanding that our leaders move swiftly and boldly to get health care first-responders the PPE that they so urgently need. Send your letter to President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar.

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Mr. President:

I am writing to express my grave concern with the U.S. government’s response to the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. As you know, we are in the midst of a global health crisis, an emergency unlike anything we have faced as a nation and as a member of the international community of nations. COVID-19 has permeated the borders of almost every country in the world; it does not discriminate, nor does it heed borders and physical barriers. We must also overcome these boundaries if humanity is to endure and survive this threat. The world needs strong leadership now more than ever and we expect you, as the President of the United States, to stand up to the worldwide challenge and protect people across the globe.

You will see no finer example of the kind of courageous and compassionate leadership required than in the physicians, nurses, and other health care workers and first responders working on the front lines to care for those who are affected both in the United States and internationally. These brave men and women have put their own health and safety at grave risk by doing so. Nearly 3,400 Chinese health workers have been infected by COVID-19 and an additional 2,629 have been infected in Italy. Their ability to assess people for the disease and to provide care depends on the availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other critical supplies. Health care workers in the United States and across the globe are reporting a desperate shortage of protective supplies – forcing doctors and nurses to reuse masks, gowns, and gloves, which puts them at great risk for contracting the disease. Exposure to infected people without PPE forces health workers to self-quarantine, further diminishing the workforce of the already strained system.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has stated that PPE manufacturers are reporting an exponential increase in orders and are facing challenges in meeting those demands. Similarly, lawmakers and governors have expressed concerns that their requests for supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) are not being filled. In response, the CDC has encouraged healthcare systems to implement strategies to conserve supplies. This is a dangerous suggestion that fails to address the severe PPE shortages and is already forcing health care workers to make impossible decisions, further jeopardizing their own lives and the lives of those they care for.

Your recently issued Executive Order on Prioritizing and Allocating Health and Medical Resources to Respond to the Spread of COVID-19 is a welcome step, but the U.S. government response to the COVID-19 pandemic must provide further safeguards for health workers across the globe. I write to you now to urge you to mobilize the public and private sectors in a coordinated and urgent collaboration with your global counterparts in an alliance that encourages leaders to take similar measures immediately. This must include as an immediate priority the implementation of policies to ensure that health and medical resources like PPE are swiftly and properly distributed to healthcare systems in the United States and around the world. Global leadership is needed to provide those resources to nations that are unable to meet the demands of their own healthcare systems. This is a global problem, and as such, it requires a global solution.

The actions you take now will form the foundation of your legacy and define how your presidency is remembered. It is not acceptable to blame others. It is not appropriate to shift the burden of responding to the coronavirus to local governments, private sector manufacturers, and other national leaders. It is not good policy to seal our borders and force vulnerable populations and struggling nations to fend for themselves. What you have done thus far is not nearly adequate to the scope, scale, and urgency of the global crisis, and it is certainly not the leadership the world has come to expect of the United States.

Sincerely,
[First Name] [Last Name]

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The Vice President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20500

The Honorable Alex M. Azar II
Secretary
Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20201