Pandemic shows need for universal health care, says Social Security advocate

Alex Lawson, executive director for Social Security Works, said on Friday that vaccines and other medical treatments need to become universal in order to properly combat the coronavirus outbreak.

"To deal with a pandemic what we need is universal, global treatment to bring down the cases around the world and get this pandemic under control," Lawson told Hill.TV.

"We eradicate diseases only when we work together through government," he said.

Lawson added that letting private pharmaceutical companies work on vaccines doesn't result in a working product faster, but significantly limits who can access and afford the treatment when it is available.

Currently, no vaccine for COVID-19 exists and Dr. Anthony FauciAnthony FauciOvernight Health Care: Biden backs COVID-19 vaccine patent waivers | Moderna reports positive early results for booster shots against COVID-19 variants | Federal judge vacates CDC's eviction moratorium Biden backs COVID-19 vaccine patent waivers Fauci: COVID-19 vaccine patent waiver should not be 'off the table' MORE, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and key member of the White House's coronavirus task force, has warned that it would be at least a year before a vaccine is functional.