FMI – The Food Industry Association says it appreciates President-elect Joe Biden’s focus on boosting the rate of COVID-19 vaccination distribution in the Coronavirus Relief Package. Leslie G. Sarasin, president and CEO of FMI, offered comment in response to the recent announcement by the Biden-Harris team:
“We applaud President-Elect Biden’s proposal in his Coronavirus Relief Package to get more shots in the arms of Americans. The importance of a convenient, efficient and safe process for administering COVID-19 vaccinations to essential workers and the general public as vaccine supplies increase cannot be overstated. Supermarket pharmacies administered roughly 25 percent of the nation’s influenza vaccinations last year and stand ready to play a key role in expanding access to COVID-19 vaccinations.
“Supermarket pharmacists and food industry workers have demonstrated their continued resilience to meet unprecedented expectations and demand. While the general population awaits the COVID-19 vaccine, supermarkets are working diligently to continue to provide food, cleaning products and the full range of pharmacy products to support Americans’ health and well-being. Serving as knowledgeable and trusted wellness partners within their communities, supermarket pharmacies and food retailers will be essential to a successful COVID-19 vaccination plan,” Sarasin said.
As the food industry association, FMI works with and on behalf of the entire industry to advance a safer, healthier and more efficient consumer food supply chain. FMI brings together a wide range of members across the value chain — from retailers that sell to consumers, to producers that supply food and other products, as well as the wide variety of companies providing critical services — to amplify the collective work of the industry.