As a frontline worker in a rural Iowa hospital, I have seen firsthand the necessity of ensuring access to medical care for all Iowan’s, and also the importance that scientific innovation and progress play in the quality of life for our state. With over 20,000 positive COVID-19 cases in Iowa alone, it is long overdue for our decision leaders and government officials to lead by example and promote policy that coincides with the instruction of leading health experts. Every year, the United States contributes roughly $90 billion in the research and development of new medicines, making us the global leader in innovation. Now, in wake of COVID-19, it is more important than ever that this continues to be the trend. Unfortunately, as the pandemic ensues, we have seen a lack of consideration for scientific facts and medical research, even at the highest level of government. We have also witnessed healthcare getting more and more partisan at the worst possible time. Promoting the guidance of medical experts serves the interest of all, and should not be differentiated by party affiliation. This is no time to turn our backs on science. Countless researchers are working around the clock in labs and providing hope that this pandemic will end as soon as possible. We owe it to our essential workers to listen to the advice of our health officials by continuing to invest in innovation that will move us forward. Likewise, The FDA has already approved the emergency use of remdesivir for COVID-19, and there are over 90 distinct vaccines at various stages of development. We must continue to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19, and support those who have dedicated themselves to ending it. Through trust in science, supporting innovation, and listening to our public health leaders, we will get through this together.