Biden-Harris Administration Invests $10 Billion to Address Disparities in Vaccine Confidence and Distribution
The Biden-Harris administration to strengthen public perception of COVID-19 coronavirus vaccines and ensure all Americans, including communities of color, those in rural areas, low-income populations, and other underserved communities in the pandemic response, receive their vaccinations.
Of that total, the administration is dedicating $3 billion to local health departments and community-based organizations so they can launch programs that increase vaccine access, acceptance, and uptake.
The administration also (https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/03/25/fact-sheet-biden-administration-announces-historic-10-billion-investment-to-expand-access-to-covid-19-vaccines-and-build-vaccine-confidence-in-hardest-hit-and-highest-risk-communities/):
- Established federally operated vaccination centers in hard-hit areas.
- Sent vaccines directly to local pharmacies and community health centers that disproportionately serve vulnerable populations.
- Launched hundreds of mobile clinics to meet people where they are.
- Created the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force (https://www.minorityhealth.hhs.gov/omh/browse.aspx?lvl=2&lvlid=100).
“National Institutes of Health scientists created something that will save your life and the life of your family and the community,” Vice President Kamala Harris said (https://nihrecord.nih.gov/2021/02/19/vice-president-visits-nih-complete-covid-vaccination) after receiving her second dose of the Moderna vaccine. “I want to urge everyone to take the vaccine when it is your turn.”
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