We’ve got the vaccine, but the states don’t have any money to distribute it:
“State leaders say they are short billions of dollars in funding needed to successfully provide Covid-19 vaccinations to all Americans who want to be inoculated by health officials’ June goal.
“The federal government is providing the vaccine, along with syringes, needles, face masks and shields. But state leaders say they must hire medical workers, provide community outreach and education, set up vaccination clinics and ensure storage capacity for vaccines. Some states are also concerned about having enough supplies, such as gloves and gowns, to protect health-care workers as well as people getting vaccinated.
“Officials in several states said they would spend whatever is needed to get residents vaccinated. Some said that might force spending cuts in areas like education, unless Congress provides additional funding or the federal government reimburses a large chunk of their rollout costs.”
Remember: amply be-chinned #MoscowMitch does NOT want to give any more relief money to the states, especially the blue ones, which he claims are mismanaged.
Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) on Meet The Press about the stimulus package in the Senate:
“There is now, I think, real optimism … We should not leave for the holidays until we have adopted that $908 billion framework to give a next round of relief to the millions of Americans who are facing eviction, hunger, unemployment, disease. It includes funding for vaccine distribution and $300 billion for small businesses to keep them afloat or help them reopen.”
…so if this bill dies with #MoscowMitch’s patented obstruction, well, so do we all.