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posted Friday, July 31, 2020 - Volume 48 Issue 31
AHF backs Sen. Sanders' 'Masks for All Act'
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AHF backs Sen. Sanders' 'Masks for All Act'

WASHINGTON, DC (July 28, 2020) - The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) today wholeheartedly endorsed the "Masks for All Act of 2020," which US Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) introduced this week in the Senate.

The Masks for All Act of 2020 would require the US federal government to use all available authorities, including the Defense Production Act, to eliminate all shortages of face masks, surgical masks, and N-95 respirators and distribute masks to the public as soon as possible. The legislation was recently announced in a joint CNN op-ed by Sen. Sanders and Andy Slavitt, former acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) under President Obama.

US Reps. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), Lori Trahan (D-Mass.), and Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) will lead the legislation in the US House of Representatives. Under the Masks for All Act, every person in the United States - including individuals who are experiencing homelessness or living in congregate settings such as prisons, shelters, and assisted living facilities - would receive a package of three high-quality, reusable face masks, free of charge. Individuals would also be able to pick up free masks at convenient locations in their communities such as post offices, pharmacies, and COVID-19 testing sites. Finally, the bill would provide needed surgical masks and N-95 respirators to all workers in health settings.

"The AHF is proud to support this simple and brilliant proposal to stop the spread of the coronavirus," said Tom Myers, chief of public affairs and general counsel for the AHF. "We know from the early days of the HIV response that scientifically proven prevention interventions make a lot of sense. We hope the Congress will swiftly approve this proposal so everyone in the US has a mask that breaks the transmission of this dangerous virus."

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over 1.4 million people in 45 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/the Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific region, and Eastern Europe. To learn more about the AHF, go to www.aidshealth.org or www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow it on Twitter and Instagram: @aidshealthcare.

Courtesy of the AHF

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