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Suburban Chicagoland: Newman leads colleagues in urging Biden to restore National Vaccine program office

February 2, 2021

U.S. Representative Marie Newman (IL-03) on Monday Feb. 1, 2021 joined by 29 of her colleagues, sent a letter to the Biden administration urging them to restore the full functionality of the National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO), which was undermined by the Trump administration in 2019. 

“For decades, the National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO) has been a leading voice of national vaccination policy at the federal level and responsible for administering the National Vaccine Plan. However, in 2019, the Trump administration completely undermined the NVPO and over the last year, they failed to address the need for additional resources and staff to effectively respond to a global pandemic of this magnitude,” said Congresswoman Newman.

“As the threat of emerging public health crises and global pandemics will remain for the foreseeable future, now is the time to re-establish and re-build a permanent and lasting public health apparatus to successfully prepare for and coordinate future efforts. We are calling on the Biden administration to restore the full functionality of the NVPO, through additional resources and staff, so they can play a vital role in our collective goal of mounting a safe, effective, and equitable vaccination campaign and help the federal government better prepare for future global pandemics.”