Biden and Congress Must End Colliding Pandemic Nightmares
Join us virtually and on-site outside the White House in Washington, D.C., on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2022, to demand President Biden and the U.S. Congress take urgent action to confront our global nightmare.
We are in the crosshairs of colliding global and domestic pandemics: HIV, Long COVID and ME/CFS, COVID-19, Ebola, cholera, mpox, TB, and more. The U.S. government has made abandonment its official policy response. Instead of equitable access to care, tests, treatment, and vaccines, our communities are faced with preventable suffering and death. Across the years of the COVID-19 pandemic, age-adjusted rates of infection and death are highest among Black, Latinx, and indigenous people. Racism, criminalization, ableism, homophobia, and transphobia have further increased pandemic-fueled suffering and loss in BIPOC communities, among LGBTQ+ people, and people living with HIV, including high rates of Long COVID. Yet the Biden administration is prioritizing pharma profiteering over human life—on repeat.
Pandemics are chronic, and the consequences are myriad. We continue to face the loss of loved ones worldwide, with high ongoing death rates. The massive and mounting challenges of over 100 million of us, newly or more severely disabled and chronically ill from Long COVID, are being ignored, and many of us now face even higher risk of severe or fatal COVID-19 reinfection.
Our current catastrophe was preventable. But it won’t be prevented from happening again unless the U.S. pandemic response changes.
Join us on World AIDS Day to demand President Biden and Congress:
- Commit $100 million to fund the South African mRNA hub: break the stranglehold of pharma greed that perpetuates vaccine, testing, and treatment apartheid
- Announce the creation of a Domestic and Global Response Plan for Long COVID and Associated Diseases with the funding, policies, programs research, and accountability to directly impacted, independent communities required for impact
- Reverse the deadly harms of ten years of flat funding of the U.S.-bilateral global AIDS response, and address the disproportionate risk of people with HIV to surging pandemics, from mpox to Long COVID and more, with robust funding increases for FY23 and FY24
- Renew the COVID Public Health Emergency in the U.S. beyond January 2023–which has expanded much-needed healthcare coverage and access to free tests and vaccines. Lifting the emergency declaration could cause up to 15 million people to lose Medicaid coverage during a surging pandemic.
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