Opportunity Wisconsin
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No Thanks to Sen. Johnson, U.S. Reaches Major Vaccination Milestone

50% of U.S. adults expected to be fully vaccinated as of Tuesday

By - May 25th, 2021 12:01 pm

MADISON, Wis.— As the United States prepares to reach another major milestone in the fight against COVID-19, Opportunity Wisconsin today released the following statement. The American Rescue Plan, signed into law by President Biden, includes $20 billion for vaccine distribution, including $7.5 billion to set up vaccination sites across the country.

Meghan Roh, Opportunity Wisconsin program director:
“Today is a day of celebration for so many across America and in the Badger State as 50 percent of adults are now fully vaccinated. We’re incredibly grateful to frontline healthcare workers, modern medicine, and our elected leaders who have prioritized significant investments in the development and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. Over the past year, Wisconsin has seen an unbelievable amount of loss, but today there is hope.

“We’ve also seen Senator Ron Johnson constantly amplifying dangerous and debunked pandemic conspiracy theories, in addition to voting against the critical vaccine investments included in the American Rescue Plan. Unfortunately he’s not alone. Wisconsin’s entire Republican congressional delegation also voted against the urgent relief provided by this law. Wisconsin workers and families are finally on the road to recovery, no thanks to Senator Ron Johnson.”

In a March profile, the New York Times detailed Senator Johnson’s long history of promoting conspiracy theories stating, “In recent months, Mr. Johnson has sown doubts about President Biden’s victory, argued that the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol was not an armed insurrection, promoted discredited Covid-19 treatments, said he saw no need to get the coronavirus vaccine himself and claimed that the United States could have ended the pandemic a year ago with the development of a generic drug if the government had wanted that to happen.”

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