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Biden's vaccination plan: fewer rules and more streamlined rollout.

Here’s how President-elect Joe Biden plans to speed up vaccination distribution

The $20 billion plan will open up eligibility to more Americans, create more vaccine sites and increase supply and distribution

President-elect Joe Biden unveiled his national coronavirus vaccine distribution plan Friday. The basic premise of the plan ­— which nearly doubles the nation’s current investment to $20 billion – emphasizes opening up eligibility to more Americans, creating more vaccination sites, and increasing the supply and distribution of vaccines, which have currently been experiencing scattered shortages across the nation.

In a fact sheet distributed to media outlets, Biden’s team outlined a plan that includes:

  • Mobilizing more personnel to support vaccine education and distribution
  • Launching a public education campaign to address and assure people that are unsure whether or not they should take the vaccine
  • Ensuring equitable access to the vaccine, regardless of geography or demographics
  • Building community vaccination centers and launch mobile vaccination clinics across the nation, staffed by retired doctors and nurses to administer vaccines to teachers, grocery store workers, people over 65 years old and other at-risk groups that are not currently in the first wave of Americans scheduled to receive the vaccine, according to CDC guidelines
  • Creating partnerships to help distribute vaccinations to urban, rural, and isolated communities
  • Increasing vaccine capacity at pharmacies using the Defense Production Act to maximize the production line
  • Increasing data sharing and timelines to state and local governments so they can better execute a vaccination plan

“The more people we vaccinate and the faster we do it, the sooner we can put this pandemic behind us and build our economy back better and get back to our lives and our loved ones,” Biden said.

For more on Biden’s vaccination plan, read “President-elect Joe Biden unveils $20 billion national vaccine distribution plan."

Contact Joanna Fantozzi at joanna.fantozzi@informa.com

Follow her on Twitter: @JoannaFantozzi

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