The Biden administration will invest $ 785 million to help stop the spread of coronavirus in some of the most vulnerable populations by building confidence in vaccines and helping to establish a more diverse public health workforce, officials said Wednesday.
The influx of money will be focused on colored communities, rural areas, people with disabilities and low-income populations.
“The funds will support community-based organizations that continue to build vaccine trust across color communities, rural and low-income populations. pandemic, ” Marcella Nunez-SmithMarcella Nunez-SmithBiden Administration Reveals Network of Community Leaders to Call for COVID-19 Vaccinations Overnight Health Care: White House Sends Coronavirus Vaccines Directly to Community Health Centers | WHO: ‘Unlikely’ that COVID-19 came from a laboratory | Uber and Walgreens Offer Free Trips to COVID Vaccine Sites White House to Send COVID-19 Vaccines Directly to Local Health Centers MORE, chairman of the White House COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force, said during a briefing.
The funding will help build the pipeline of health professionals in the most underserved communities. The Indian healthcare system will have funds set aside to hire more school nurses, and community-based organizations will have more resources to help address barriers to being vaccinated in underserved communities.
White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeff ZientsJeff ZientsFederal Workers’ Association asks Biden to postpone vaccination deadline More than 360,000 children under 12 have been vaccinated: CDC data Biden encourages parents to vaccinate their eligible children MORE said the additional funding is a direct response to the task force’s recommendations to help eradicate health inequalities and support underserved communities.
The task force delivered a final report on Wednesday, and more than 80 percent of its recommendations have been implemented, Nunez-Smith said.
She added that the extra money will build on the billions of dollars already invested in stock-focused programs by the administration to protect the hardest hit and most vulnerable communities.
“Health is mission-critical for the Biden-Harris administration,” Nunez-Smith said. “There is no credible path to a new normal without it.”
The White House aims to try to close the gap in how different sections of the population have been affected by the pandemic, particularly with vaccinations, and Nunez-Smith and Zients said the effort has been successful.
“The latest survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation showed that at least 73 percent of black adults, 72 percent of white adults, and 70 percent of Hispanic adults had had their first shot by mid-October,” Zients said. “Now we have more work to do, but it is a significant step forward that we can build on.”
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