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Democrat Schumer says $30 billion in federal funds needed to distribute COVID vaccine – Metro US

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

FILE PHOTO: U.S. House Speaker Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader
FILE PHOTO: U.S. House Speaker Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Schumer speak to reporters during news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington

(Reuters) – 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.”

(Reporting by Raphael Satter)

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