Alka Menon Published on Slate

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September 3, 2020

Alka Menon and University of Toronto’s Tess Lanzarotta argue in a Slate piece that the U.S. Post Office is, and has always been, essential public health infrastructure. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, its role in ensuring that patients have access to prescription drugs and life-saving interventions, like Naloxone, has only grown. They discuss two episodes from U.S. history that illustrate how the Post Office’s logistical capacity has been mobilized to address health crises. Amidst a current Senate investigation into postal service delivery delays of prescription drugs led by Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bob Casey, they warn that willful neglect and disinvestment in the U.S. Postal Service is not just a threat to democracy, but also to the public’s health in the midst of a pandemic. Read more here.