US governors send questions to Trump administration on Coronavirus vaccination plan
The questions include funding for the administration of a vaccine, allocation and supply chain, and communication and information requirements
New York: The National Governors Association (NGA) sent a list of questions to the Trump Administration seeking clarification on how the federal government will most effectively distribute and administer a Covid-19 vaccine.
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and NGA chair said during his daily press briefing that the list of questions was submitted from Republican and Democratic governors from across the United States.
Andrew Cuomo was quoted as saying in a press release issued by his office, “The distribution and implementation of the vaccine is a massive undertaking that cannot be managed without significant logistical coordination, planning and financial assistance between states and the federal government.”
“We asked to meet with the president to discuss how this is supposed to work between the federal government and the states. We are now releasing a compilation of questions from governors all across the country, Democratic and Republican, saying to the White House: how is this going to work? We need to answer these questions before the vaccine is available so that we are ready to go and no one is caught flat-footed when the time comes to vaccinate people,” he added.
US President Donald Trump said on Sep 18 that the United States would produce enough Coronavirus vaccine doses for “every American” by April 2021.
The primary questions they asked include:
- Will there be funding allocated to states to assist with the distribution of the vaccine and other vaccine efforts?
- How will the vaccine be allocated to states?
- What formula will be used?
- When can we expect clarification on which stakeholders will contract directly with the federal government?
To sum up, the questions include funding for the administration of a vaccine, allocation and supply chain, and communication and information requirements.