Sen. Baldwin on pandemic relief & vaccine distribution

Created: December 02, 2020 09:37 PM

Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin spoke to WDIO about the status of COVID-19 relief for the state of Wisconsin and beyond Wednesday.

Baldwin said she hopes to see COVID-19 relief passed before the end of the year to help businesses and individuals hit hardest.

“We are still working and pressing as hard as we can for additional COVID relief before the end of the year,” Baldwin said.

She also wants to see resources available to help distribute a potential COVID-19 vaccine to hospitals across the state.

“Given the fact that our health care workers are stretched enormously right now, caring directly for people with COVID-19, it’s a workforce issue. We don’t want to pull them from the bed sides, but we also need a healthcare workforce that is administering the vaccines,” Baldwin said.

Baldwin hopes to see the vaccine distributed to those most at risk first, followed by the general public, as soon as December.

“The belief is that as soon as the Food and Drug Administration issues an Emergency Use Authorization for the first vaccine, that within 24 to 48 hours, the vaccine manufacturer is going to be able to distribute vaccines to the states,” Baldwin said.

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