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Earlier this week, we introduced you to Toni Gonzales, a wife, mom, and proud third-generation American, as an example of someone who inspires us to fight to RESTORE OUR WAY OF LIFE and keep our communities and neighborhoods safe, as part of House Republicans’ Commitment To America.

As we near the end of this week, we are pleased to introduce you to Larry Trapp of Tehachapi, California. Larry is a Vietnam War veteran who is looking forward to his life being RESTORED as we strive to defeat the virus and keep America healthy. Larry can’t wait for getting “our cherished life-time activities back,” such as eating indoors with family and attending ball games. That’s why he says, “Bring on the vaccines – please!” Below is an excerpt, and here is his story.

“There are many important developments and scientific and medical breakthroughs that we tend to take for granted. Is there anyone who seriously does not understand how much the computer and media technology has made our lives much better in many different ways? Imagine trying to circumvent this period of time, trying to maintain our children’s education, without digital technology. Is there anyone who has had to watch their own children battle childhood diseases such as polio on a massive scale in the United States since the 1950s? I doubt that anyone would seriously deny the positive medical impact on the world through vaccines that made crippling childhood diseases a thing of the past.

“…We must necessarily  divorce from our language terminology such as ‘the new normal,’ ‘this Covid Season,’ and many other such sentiments of defeat. We must strive to find a vaccine to eradicate this bane on society. We must necessarily see the past six months not as some type of ‘new normal,’ but rather as some type of hideous abnormal existence.

“…Imagine being able to decide on the spur of the moment to go once again to your favorite restaurant just to sit down and enjoy a meal with your family inside. I know we can do this to a limited extent now, but it is outdoors, and it is not nearly freezing as it does in most of American cities. Try sitting outdoors in 25-degree weather and enjoying your soon-to-be, equally freezing meal. Imagine being able to take your kids to a game – baseball, football, basketball, or any other kind of ball game. Imagine, if you wear glasses, what it was like when you could still read the labels on products without having a fogging issue.”

Read the rest of Larry’s story here.

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In order for people like Larry to restore their way of life, we must first effectively fight and defeat COVID-19. Furthermore, we must redouble our commitment to keep Americans healthy.

We are working hand-in-hand with the Trump Administration and the private sector through Operation Warp Speed to develop a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine faster than ever before.

This morning, members participated in a virtual tour of the National Institutes of Health’s Vaccine Research Center. They heard from:

  • Dr. Francis Collins, NIH Director
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci, NIAID Director
  • Dr. John Mascola, VRC Director

Dr. Fauci spoke about Data Safety Monitoring Boards that ensure the safety of trial participants. Members are independent scientists & statisticians vetted for expertise and conflicts. Only they have access to unblinded data in ongoing trials & they provide recommendations about continuation or completion of trials.

Here is what members had to say about what they learned:

For more on RESTORING our way of life, click here.

Next week we will go in depth on REBUILDING the greatest economy in history.