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News Release | MASSPIRG | Public Health

Statement: New law to combat youth tobacco use goes into effect today

MASSPIRG releases statement on new law banning the sale of flavored tobacco products going into effect today.

News Release | MASSPIRG | COVID-19, Public Health

Amid equipment and testing shortages, health professionals call for transparent, central coordination from Trump administration

BOSTON-  U.S. PIRG, Get Us PPE, Doctors for America, Massachusetts Nurses Association, the Massachusetts Public Health Association and several other health groups along with nearly 300 medical professionals sent a letter to the Trump Administration today calling for central coordination of the medical supply chain and comprehensive testing infrastructure. More than two months into the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, health professionals say they still lack adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep them safe.

COVID-19 and the question of priorities

By | Douglas H. Phelps
Chairman, U.S. PIRG; President and Executive Director, The Public Interest Network

To keep the sickest people alive during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we need ventilators. We don’t have them — and that says something about our priorities.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Public Health

Price gouging on medical equipment risks lives, 100+ mayors call for action

A new investigation by ProPublica, along with reporting by numerous other outlets, has revealed that suppliers are using the COVID-19 public health emergency to drive up prices exorbitantly on medical equipment. 

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Public Health

President Trump takes crucial step of activating Defense Production Act to get more ventilators

In response to a critical shortage of ventilators needed to keep severe COVID-19 patients breathing, President Donald Trump ordered General Motors to produce the life-saving machines under the Defense Production Act. The Department of Health and Human Services will be responsible for implementation of and follow through on that order. 

News Release | MASSPIRG | Public Health

Bill to get the lead out of school drinking water clears major hurdle

Massachusetts is one step closer to getting the lead out of the drinking water in schools and daycare centers across the state. The legislature’s Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture Committee unanimously passed S2503, An Act ensuring safe drinking water at schools.

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