Washington, D.C. – February 11, 2021 – Today, North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) President Sean McGarvey issued the following statement regarding the organization offering its over five thousand union halls and training centers to President Biden’s COVID-19 Relief Taskforce for U.S. vaccine distribution:
“Today, North America’s Building Trades Unions are pleased to announce the unanimous decision by our Governing Board of Presidents to provide our over five thousand union halls and training centers as injection sites for public distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Throughout the pandemic, our members have been a ready reserve force going above and beyond the call of duty to do whatever is needed by our state, federal, and provincial governments and industries. We’ve helped to keep supply lines open, retrofit factories, maintain power generation for hospitals, industries, and homes, strengthen health and safety standards and quickly build new testing facilities and temporary hospital centers. Furthermore, our significant investments in a successful COVID-19 stem cell therapy research, now in trial stage 2b and c at the Diabetes Research Institute, have saved numerous lives for those with severe COVID-19.
“We know there is still more to be done, so we are now making available all of our infrastructure in every state, major metropolitan and rural area to assist in the Biden Administration’s taskforce’s mass distribution of vaccines. In our continuing commitment as citizens, our proud men and women stand ready to serve in this wide vaccination distribution. Our members and facilities are uniquely prepared to aid immediately from the many blood drives and other mobilizing community service events we’ve hosted throughout our history, and we look forward to being available to the President’s Taskforce to do whatever it takes to help support our country, lessen the suffering of this pandemic and get America vaccinated.”
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