States Still Have No Clue How To Pay For COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

  • Friday was the deadline for states to submit their plans for vaccine distribution to the CDC, but they still don’t have the needed federal money to help carry them out, officials said.
  • “As it stands now, we do not have any capability to fund the imminent implementation of the plan,” James Blumenstock, senior vice president for pandemic response and recovery at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, told reporters Monday.
  • “The CDC distributed $200 million to states for preparedness and planning,” Blumenstock said, which “certainly would not be sufficient at all for a campaign of this magnitude and duration.”

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