Sen. Bernie Sanders will deliver a speech on Friday addressing “the lessons the nation can learn” from the coronavirus outbreak, which has intensified progressive demands for Medicare for All, paid sick leave, and other policies that would provide health and economic security for all.
In remarks on Thursday, Sanders called on the U.S. government take emergency actions in the short-term such as imposing an immediate moratorium on evictions, foreclosures, and utility shut-offs. The Vermont senator also demanded that any coronavirus vaccine and treatment be made free and available to everyone in the country.
“Let me be absolutely clear: in terms of potential deaths and the impact on our economy, the crisis we face from coronavirus is on the scale of a major war, and we must act accordingly,” said Sanders, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate. “Now is the time for solidarity. Now is the time to come together with love and compassion for all, including the most vulnerable people in our society.”
Watch Sanders’ speech, slated to begin at 2:00 pm ET: