White House to Increase Covid Vaccine Supply to Ensure Equity

Date: 2021-02-09 20:30:55

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The White House is increasing the supply of coronavirus vaccines beginning next week, with an aim to ensure the equity of the distribution of doses.

Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, the chair of the White House’s COVID-19 equity task force, says that the federal government is devoting 1 million doses to begin distributing vaccines at 250 community health centers.

It’s meant to be a first phase of a program to expand vaccinations to the more than 1,300 federally supported community health centers, which primarily care for low-income and uninsured populations.

“Equity is our north star here,” Nunez-Smith said.

“This effort that focuses on direct allocation to the community health centers really is about connecting with those hard to reach populations across the country. So, this includes people who are experiencing homelessness, agricultural and migrant workers, residents of public housing, and those with limited English proficiency.”

COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients says states will see their allocation of doses rise to 11 million per week beginning next week, up more than 2 million since President Joe Biden took office.

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