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We must save lives at risk from COVID, new nuclear arms race

Peter Wilk, MD, PSR Board Member, and Pious Ali, Portland City Council Member | Portland Press Herald

The 2021 federal budget includes a 19 percent spending increase for nuclear weapons, up to $44 billion, while simultaneously cutting U.S. Centers for Disease Control funding by 19 percent. One core lesson we must learn from this pandemic is to change those priorities. That $44 billion could instead purchase 35,000 ventilators, cover the salaries of 150,000 nurses and support struggling hospitals—with billions left over to help meet other staggering COVID-19 costs.

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