Vaccine Access, Tracking Expansion Get Push in Congress Bills

June 15, 2021, 9:00 AM

Lawmakers are pushing to expand vaccine access for seniors and low-income children as routine inoculations over the past year have dropped, and the pandemic highlighted disparities in vaccine access.

Many of the bills to be discussed at Tuesday’s Energy and Commerce hearing aren’t for improved Covid-19 vaccine access specifically. But they could help push forward President Joe Biden’s goal of getting 70% of Americans inoculated against the coronavirus by July 4.

Roughly half of all Americans have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, according to the Bloomberg Vaccine Tracker. Daily vaccine administration rates have stagnated over ...

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