COVID-19 Vaccines are Here. They must be Equitably Distributed to all Americans.
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Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine developed to prevent COVID-19. On Monday, the first doses were administered to frontline healthcare workers and nursing home residents in the U.S. FDA approval is expected by the end of this week for the Moderna vaccine after the agency released promising data on its safety and effectiveness.
News on the vaccine front is certainly promising. But it must be met with strategic planning to ensure the safe and equitable distribution of approved vaccines to all Americans -- no matter where they live or what they look like. States across the country have warned the federal government that budget shortfalls and the expensive storage needed for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines might make it difficult to afford enough doses for their residents. In the next round of much-needed economic relief, Washington must allocate funds states need to cover the costs of vaccinating all of their residents.
Moreover, vast public education will be required to ensure that Americans know when, where, and how to obtain a vaccine and that they can be confident that a vaccine is safe and at low risk of any adverse effects. But according to a new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation, 25% of Americans do not trust a vaccine, which is disproportionately represented by Black Americans, those living and rural communities, and Republicans. It is critical that our leaders both in Washington and in communities around the country demonstrate that vaccines are safe and our best path to emerging from the pandemic, healthy, and stronger as a nation. Another critical way to do this? By ensuring that a vaccine is free to every single American.
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