On Thursday, President Biden Signed the American Rescue Plan that Provides Support for Covid-19 Survivors
Last Week, More Than 50 Covid Survivors for Change Members Met with Senate Offices in Support of the American Rescue Plan, Delivering an Open Letter Signed by Nearly 500 Covid Survivors from 48 States
WASHINGTON – In response to news that President Biden has signed the Covid-19 relief bill, members of Covid Survivors for Change, a non-partisan grassroots network of Covid-19 survivors, released the following statements.
“Since my husband’s death in December, I’ve lived every day watching the case numbers rise and mourning for the people who would soon know the pain I know all too well, said Vicki Quarles, a Tennessee-based member of Covid Survivors for Change, whose husband, Theodis, died from Covid-19. “Two years ago, my youngest daughter was born 28 weeks premature. She has to have surgery in the coming weeks. Tomorrow, I’ll wake up knowing that help is on the way for me and my five daughters. Thanks to the Democrats who pushed this bill through Congress and to the hard work of President Biden, we’ll soon have a fully-funded vaccine plan and checks in the pockets of those who need them. For the first time in months, I feel hopeful.”
“In signing this bill, President Biden is sending a strong signal to Covid survivors, and every struggling American, that they are not alone,” said Chris Kocher, executive director of Covid Survivors for Change. “After a year of pain and trauma, we all need a reset button. This sweeping legislation is a strong signal that the voices of those most impacted by Covid are finally being heard.”
To date, more than 530,000 American lives have been taken by Covid-19 and nearly 30 million have contracted the virus. Many more have lost jobs or have been otherwise economically impacted by the pandemic.
About Covid Survivors for Change
Covid Survivors for Change is a national, non-partisan movement bringing together Americans who have experienced a loved one taken by Covid-19, as well as those who have survived the virus and those whose lives have been dramatically altered by the pandemic. As part of Covid Survivors for Change, Americans are mobilizing to make sure that communities have the funding, resources and leadership in place to address future public health emergencies. Survivors will also find community and healing in meeting other people whose lives have been forever changed by the pandemic. For more information, please visit: covidsurvivorsforchange.org.