Klobuchar stresses vaccine funding as Congress works on more COVID relief
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar is stressing the importance of COVID vaccine funding as Congress works on another relief package.
The Minnesota Democrat tells Brownfield distribution to rural areas will be a challenge.
“We know it can’t just parachute into a small town (like) Luverne, Minnesota. We’re going to need trucks and planes, and in some cases with the Pfizer vaccine below-100 degree freezers (will be needed) that cost between $10,000 and $15,000 each. And we’ve got to figure out which vaccine is going to work in which area, so there’s a lot of work to be done.”
Klobuchar says she’s encouraged by the bipartisan spirit to get another COVID relief bill passed and is willing to work through Christmas to get it done.
“My hope is that people understand how tough this holiday period is, not to have things as normal. But there is this huge light at the end of the tunnel and we just have to make it through this winter.”
Klobuchar is urging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services to work with state and local agencies and healthcare providers to create plans for allocation, transportation, distribution, and storage of approved or authorized coronavirus vaccines.