Legislation Testimony/Advocacy Statement

Based on the health-related bill S.1001 Pandemic Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Act of 2021 .
develop a 1-page Legislation Testimony/Advocacy Statement that addresses the following:

Advocate a position for the bill you selected and write testimony in support of your position as a nurse.
Describe how you would address the opponent to your position. Be specific and provide examples.
At least 2 outside resources and2 course recourse.

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Legislation Testimony/Advocacy Statement

The health-related bill S.1001 Pandemic Preparedness, Response and Recovery Act of 2021 that seeks to establish a commission that would review the regulatory obstacles that hinder preparedness for, response to, and recovery from Covid-19 pandemic as well as other pandemics and other emergency purposes (Congress.gov, 2021).

There is a need to support the bill. That is because Covid-19 has taught us an important lesson that we are not prepared for medical pandemics and emergencies at the national level. To be more precise, even more than two years after Covid-19 first emerged, the USA and the rest of the world do not have a handle on the pandemic. Infection rates, hospitalizations and mortalities still remain high even after many effective and safe vaccines have been presented. Many of the ravages of the pandemic could have been stemmed, except for legislative ‘roadblocks’ that hinder evidence-based public response and recovery efforts. A good example is the case of public masking and vaccination. The constitution is very clear that individual rights must be upheld. It is for this reason that each state has presented its own rules on how to manage the pandemic. Many of these rules are against expert medical advice and scholarly evidence, but must be accepted because they are the law. The result is that the public is left to decide on its whether to apply the recommended measures and go for vaccination even as the pandemic continues its onslaught. Passing the bill at the federal level could help to avoid these legislative roadblocks so that the country easily mandates the intervention measures that facilitate response and recovery (Gostin, Salmon & Larson, 2021).

Opponents of the bill could argue that it gives the government far reaching powers that could be abused during pandemics and other medical emergencies. While this is true, the reality is that the commission is necessary as the last two years has shown that we are not equipped to handle such emergencies. Given a choice between individual rights and public health safety, I think that public health safety should be prioritized. Based that, the interventions would not arbitrarily target individual rights, and would instead rely on evidence from medical experts (Koutoukidis & Stainton, 2020).


Congress.gov (2021). S.1001 – Pandemic Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Act of 2021https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/senate-bill/1001/text?format=txt

Gostin, L. O., Salmon, D. A., & Larson, H. J. (2021). Mandating COVID-19 Vaccines. JAMA, 325(6),532–533. https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2020.26553

Koutoukidis, G., & Stainton, K. (2020). Tabbner’s Nursing Care: Theory and Practice. Elsevier.