Aggressive Plan to Administer 100 Million Shots in Administration's First 100 Days
President-elect Joe Biden has called on Congress to enact an emergency relief package to fund a national COVID-19 vaccination program as part of a sweeping response to the coronavirus and economic crises.
“We must act now and act decisively,” Biden said in an address to the nation Thursday night from Wilmington, Delaware. “The decisions we make in the next few weeks and months will determine whether we thrive in a way that benefits all Americans,” he said. Biden’s transition team released a 19-page document that details how he would allocate the federal dollars.
The national vaccination plan, Biden said, will help meet his goal of administering 100 million shots during his first 100 days. It will be “one of the most challenging operational efforts we have ever undertaken as a nation,” he said.
“There is tremendous demand for vaccines, and this is the most important task facing the new administration,” says Bill Sweeney, AARP senior vice president for government affairs. “We are pleased this proposal includes a new focus and necessary funding to improve vaccine distribution and steps to protect long-term care residents and staff who have been devastated by this pandemic.” Sweeney also said AARP was glad to see that the plan includes economic stimulus payments, nutrition-assistance funding, paid sick and family leave, and aid to state and local governments.
Get more Americans vaccinated
“Things will get worse before they get better,” Biden said Friday as he talked about the specifics of his vaccine plan from Wilmington. But, he said, “I’m convinced we can get it done. This is a time to set big goal,” he added, because the health of the nation is literally at stake.”
The national vaccine plan includes:
“We're going to turn away from the state-by-state crazy quilt approach and have a national direction,” says William Schaffner, epidemiologist and professor of preventive medicine and health policy at Vanderbilt University. “That makes sense.”
AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer Nancy A. LeaMond issued the following statement in response to President-elect Biden’s proposal to combat COVID-19 and provide economic relief:
“For months, AARP has called for action to improve the health and economic security of older Americans and all Americans. There is tremendous demand for vaccines, and this is the most important task facing the new Administration. We are pleased this proposal includes a new focus and necessary funding to improve vaccine distribution and steps to protect long-term care residents and staff who have been devastated by this pandemic. We are also pleased to see several key measures, including economic stimulus payments, additional funds for nutrition assistance, paid sick and family leave to keep families healthy, and aid to state and local governments. AARP urges quick action on these policies to help our nation get past this deadly pandemic.”
You can access President-elect Biden’s Fact Sheet on his COVID-19 Vaccination Plan here.
This story is provided by AARP West Virginia. Visit the AARP West Virginia page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.
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