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Michigan Senate Votes Against Steering More Vaccines to the Poor

Feb. 25, 2021, 10:58 PM

State health officials would be barred from distributing a larger share of the Covid-19 vaccines in impoverished areas that have the greatest number of pandemic victims under legislation passed Thursday in Michigan.

The bill (S.B. 114), Senate Republicans’ version of a package allocating federal Covid-19 stimulus funds, would block the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services from using the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “social vulnerability index” in state calculations for distributing the vaccines.

Following the CDC index would have the effect of prioritizing vaccinations in and around Detroit, the nation’s largest Black-majority...

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