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Group Urges Valentine's Day Messages to Push for End to Pandemic

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Monday, February 14, 2022   

Valentine's Day is an occasion to remember those close to us. But after two years of COVID, one group says it's time to remember those we are missing, and to push for policies to bring the pandemic to an end.

Clayton Tucker, a Texas organizer with the Trade Justice for Education Fund, said letter-writing events are planned in Texas, and other parts of the country, today.

"We're asking folks to write letters to folks they lost because of COVID, or haven't seen because of COVID," said Tucker, "or just to the essential workers, like our teachers and our medical workers, and our farm workers."

People in Central Texas can be part of the all-day event by dropping off letters and cards at the Alvarez Community Garden, at 408 North 18th Street in Killeen.

The event is part of a larger movement by the Trade Justice for Education Fund to urge government officials to take actions that will help end the pandemic.

Hillary Haden, organizing director with the Fund, notes billions of people around the world still don't have access to vaccines and treatments, and said these unnecessary shortages are causing thousands of needless deaths.

"We're really working to get COVID under control and return to normalcy," said Haden. "But to do that, the United States really needs to lead in helping the world scale up vaccine and treatment production."

Hayden said last May, the Biden administration came out in favor of a temporary waiver of the intellectual property rules around vaccines at the World Trade Organization.

"But they're not doing a lot to move that waiver forward," said Haden. "And so, part of our actions in these Valentine's Day spaces and also the other actions that our organization works on, are really pressing the Biden administration to do more at the WTO to really push forward."

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