Democrat Schumer says $30 bln in federal funds needed to distribute COVID vaccine

DEMOCRAT SCHUMER SAYS $30 BLN IN FEDERAL FUNDS NEEDED TO DISTRIBUTE COVID VACCINE
US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks at a Memorial for former New York Mayor David Dinkins at the National Action Network in New York, on November 28, 2020. (Photo by Kena Betancur / AFP)

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Sunday that $30 billion in federal funds was needed to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine as legislative negotiations over an economic relief bill remain stalled.

Schumer, a Democrat, said that New York state alone would need "hundreds of millions" for distribution and education work around the distribution of the vaccine.

"This should be a moment of clarity for everyone," Schumer, who represents New York, told reporters in a brief press conference. "This is a huge crisis and we need big relief."

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