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Joe Biden’s Covid-19 Vaccine Plan: How He Intends to Speed Up Distribution – The Wall Street Journal

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Jan 16, 2021

President-elect Joe Biden has promised a more forceful U.S. government response to the coronavirus pandemic. Here is what we know about his plans to speed the vaccine rollout and beat back Covid-19:

What is Joe Biden’s vaccine-distribution plan?

Mr. Biden wants to quicken the pace of vaccinations, setting a target of administering 100 million doses of the vaccine during the first 100 days of his presidency. He would spend $20 billion on the national vaccination program.

To accelerate vaccinations, he said his administration would work with federal, state and local officials to set up thousands of community vaccination centers across the country and deploy mobile units to rural and underserved areas. Mr. Biden promised 100 federally supported centers by the end of his first month in office. The Federal Emergency Management Agency would help set them up, and the federal government would reimburse states deploying the National Guard to help with vaccinations. Mr. Biden also said he aims to increase the pace of vaccinations by making shots available at independent and chain pharmacies.

In addition, Mr. Biden has promised to make the vaccine available free of charge to all members of the public, without cost-sharing, regardless of immigration status.

His administration had also planned to release nearly all available vaccine doses. The Trump administration had been holding back stock for second doses, but then decided to release them as Covid-19 cases mounted.

 

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