The Biden administration will invest $ 785 million to help stop the spread of the coronavirus in some of the most vulnerable populations by building confidence in vaccines and helping establish a more diverse public health workforce, authorities announced Wednesday.
The money inflow will target communities of color, rural areas, people with disabilities, and low-income populations.
“The funds will support community organizations that continue to build confidence in vaccines in communities of color, rural areas, and low-income populations. The funds will support tribal communities leading the way in mitigating the spread of the virus and they will also protect people with disabilities from infection and the ramifications of the pandemic. ” Marcella Núñez-SmithMarcella Nunez-SmithBiden Administration Unveils Network of Community Leaders to Urge COVID-19 Vaccines Overnight Medical Care: White House to Ship Coronavirus Vaccines Directly to Community Health Centers | WHO: COVID-19 is ‘unlikely’ to come from a laboratory | Uber and Walgreens to Offer Free Rides to Casa Blanca COVID Vaccine Sites to Ship COVID-19 Vaccines Directly to Community Health Centers MORE, chair of the White House COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force, during a briefing.
The funds will help build the pool of public health workers in the most underserved communities. The Indian Health Service will have funds set aside to hire more school nurses, and community organizations will have more resources to help address barriers to vaccination in underserved communities.
White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeff ZientsJeff Zients Federal Labor Union Asks Biden to Delay Vaccine Deadline Over 360,000 Children Under 12 Have Been Vaccinated – CDC Data Biden Urges Parents to Vaccinate Their Eligible Children MORE He said the additional funding is a direct response to the task force’s recommendations to help eradicate health disparities and support underserved communities.
The task force delivered a final report Wednesday and more than 80 percent of its recommendations have been implemented, Nunez-Smith said.
He added that the additional money will build on the billions of dollars the administration has already invested in equity-focused programs to protect the most affected and at risk communities.
“Health equity is a critical mission for the Biden-Harris administration,” said Nunez-Smith. “There is no credible path to a new normal without him.”
The White House has aimed to try to bridge the gap in how different populations have been affected by the pandemic, particularly with vaccines, and Nunez-Smith and Zients said the efforts have been successful.
“The most recent survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation showed that 73 percent of black adults, 72 percent of white adults, and 70 percent of Hispanic adults had received at least their first vaccination by mid-October.” Zients said. “Now we have more work to do, but this is significant progress that we can build on.”