WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Alaska Congressman Don Young released a public service announcement personally appealing to Alaskans – and families across the country – to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The Congressman’s message can be viewed here or by clicking on the image above. It can be downloaded here.
Background and timeline:
March 2020: Congressman Young helps the House of Representatives pass the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which allocated $10 billion to accelerate vaccine production and distribution through Operation Warp Speed (OWS).
July 2020: Pfizer-BioNTech announced a $1.95 billion agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense to meet Operation Warp Speed’s goal to begin delivering 300 million doses of a vaccine in 2021.
December 2020: The United States Food and Drug Administration authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA vaccine.
Moderna, another Operation Warp Speed participant, announces that the FDA issued emergency authorization for their COVID-19 vaccine. Moderna’s vaccine received $1 billion from OWS for development, and another $1.5 billion for distribution.
Following his own recovery from COVID-19, Congressman Young urges Alaskans who have also recovered to donate convalescent plasma.
Congressman Young is briefed by Providence Health on the arrival of the first vaccine doses to Alaska.