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Today, U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) discussed COVID-19 vaccine developments and reinforced the need to pass a targeted relief package for Hoosiers.

“I too want to celebrate American ingenuity and recognize the achievements of these two pharmaceutical companies that recently announced the development of, it appears, highly effective vaccines to the COVID-19 virus. They of course in the coming weeks will be seeking formal approval for emergency use from the FDA. And there are some other drugs online that are notable as well. Eli Lilly, out of Indianapolis, Indiana has a drug that is targeted towards those who are most at risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus and it’s already been approved by the FDA. All of this is possible because of our innovators, our frontline scientists, and our incredible university system. But the Trump administration is also to be commended for its Operation Warp Speed, finding a new way to do business, and Republicans in the U.S. Senate, led by Roy Blunt, who helped author this initiative in the CARES Act. So I’m very proud of my colleagues and we need to build on that success here in Washington,” said Senator Young.

“… we as legislators need to build on our CARES Act success by passing the next round of assistance. Small business assistance is especially important as we hundreds and thousands of businesses having permanently closed on account of this pandemic. They require additional help. I have been talking about this for months and I’ll continue to talk about this,” Senator Young continued.