Michigan Senate OKs $2B in virus aid, targets vaccine distribution

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Posted at 9:07 PM, Feb 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-25 21:07:18-05

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republicans who control the Michigan Senate have moved to stop the state from distributing additional COVID-19 vaccine doses to more vulnerable communities, saying race and socioeconomic status should not be factors.

Democrats say the provision, included in a $2 billion coronavirus relief funding plan approved Thursday, is "unconscionable."

The state health department is adjusting populated-based allocations of doses with a "social vulnerability index" multiplier — which includes indicators such as poverty, unemployment, minority status, lack of transportation and crowded housing. The $2 billion funding legislation was sent to the Republican-controlled House.

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