Gov. Whitmer working on plans to distribute COVID-19 vaccine 'equitably'

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Posted at 4:57 PM, Nov 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-10 18:40:52-05

(WXYZ) — Governor Gretchen Whitmer said her administration is working on developing equitable allocation plans for the COVID-19 vaccine.

The news about a possible COVID-19 vaccine becoming reality is considered a breakthrough as the number of cases is higher now than when the outbreak first happened – Detroit became a national hot spot back in March.

"This is great news for our families, for our front line workers, for our small business owners," Whitmer said.

Federal officials have said that it will be up to the governors in each state to determine how limited numbers of vaccines will be distributed.

"My administration is working on developing equitable vaccine allocation plans and processes so that we provide the vaccine in a priority system that makes sense to the most vulnerable and at-risk populations," Whitmer said.

The governor spoke about the increase in numbers, including during the cold and flu season, and limiting the number of family and extended indoor family gatherings for the holidays.

She said no one loves Thanksgiving more than she does, but it will be different, adding, “At 12:30 the (Detroit) Lions play, and then we’ll do some sort of Zoom kickoff to our Thanksgiving dinners that are happening remotely.”

She’s asking people to put their ideas to gather safely on social media and she will pass them along.