States need $8.4B to distribute COVID-19 vaccine, Congress told

The $8.4 billion in funding requested by the 2 groups consists of $3 million for labor force recruitment and training for state and regional health departments; $1.2 billion for transportation and storage; $500 million for outreach efforts to eliminate vaccine false information; and $1 billion to develop more vaccination sites, The Hill reported..

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” We wish to be absolutely clear– states and regional partners can not perform a incredibly complicated and extraordinary national vaccine distribution program without sufficient resources,” she stated..

In a letter addressed to bipartisan congressional leaders from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and the Association of Immunization Managers, the groups state states dont have enough money to disperse a vaccine..

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Claire Hannan, executive director of the Association of Immunization Managers, told The Hill that without more money, vaccination efforts are “destined stop working.”.

Last month, CDC Director Robert Redfield, MD, approximated that states would need about $6 billion in funding for vaccine distribution..

Ms. Hannan stated the $200 million equates to about 60 cents per individual, and is “not sufficient to vaccinate every American with the expected two-dose course at this amount.”.

The CDC has so far provided states a total of $200 million for vaccine distribution..

States are urging Congress to offer at least $8.4 billion to disperse a COVID-19 vaccine, The Hill reported..