If a new American president refuses to sign a law requiring people to get vaccinated, it will be a direct assault on the life of an immigrant child in Philadelphia.
This week, I take a minute to tell you about an organization called United Parcel Service, which makes that happen.
When a new president takes office in Washington, D.C., or some other American city, there is usually a lot of chaos in the streets. It’s great that the president enjoys free reign over the federal government, but after taking office, he’s often been surprised by the creativity of the cities and towns that make up the American experiment.
And if he is, say, considering targeting certain groups, local leaders might go into what I call a “civil rights response” and address a way to ease his or her concern about their own well-being.
United Parcel Service doesn’t wait for federal authorities to take action when there is a national health crisis.
When you order something from one of our UPS teams via the U.S. Postal Service, they will wait for it to come before they send it out. That means that if a shipment is disrupted because of the presidential travel ban, UPS will rush items out the door to have them in the hands of people who need them, in as little time as possible.
At UPS, the people of Philadelphia have been the focus of new equipment and training as we work to decrease the burden placed on the city by goods that have been delayed by major events.
The vote of the right
United Parcel Service is the third-largest package shipping company in the world, and we’ve had a history of providing worldwide solutions to deliver pre-bagged packages during major emergencies, providing a pathway for communities to adjust to conditions beyond their control.
One of our most recent efforts was to get vaccinated against measles if needed, even if such vaccines are not allowed by law. It isn’t an easy task.
Prior to our effort, United Parcel Service had a whole internal process to decide what to do in the case of potential outbreaks, from deploying employees to the next major shipment to what to do with vaccine-in-advance shipments. But I never have to be the one to make those decisions. It’s simply not an option.
This is an activity that we are in the service of, and it represents the direct connection we have with your city. One thing you can count on is that UPS will step up to the plate when it’s time.
Vaccines have saved lives
Election campaigns are happening this week in Philadelphia. If you voted for a candidate that refuses to sign a law requiring people to get vaccinated, you are risking the potential lives of an immigrant child in Philadelphia, your daughter or your grandchildren.
Anyone will tell you that early childhood vaccinations are the best way to prevent disease. I’ve seen hundreds of families lined up for hours to receive vaccines for their babies. Unfortunately, during the recent flu season, the vaccines were not administered as we would like.
United Parcel Service will definitely step up when a new president is making threats against the people they are responsible for safely delivering.
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