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Biden to surge COVID-19 vaccine assistance, testing to hard-hit Michigan

The president is declining a request for additional COVID-19 vaccine doses, however
Michigan continues to be coronavirus hotspot
Michigan continues to be coronavirus hotspot
Published: Apr. 9, 2021 at 11:37 AM EDT
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Washington is surging federal resources to support vaccinations, testing and therapeutics to Michigan in an effort to control the state’s worst-in-the-nation COVID-19 transmission rate, the White House said Friday.

President Joe Biden outlined the moves late Thursday in a call with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, where they discussed the situation in the state, according to senior administration officials.

It will not include a “surge” of vaccine doses to the state, a move Whitmer has advocated. Instead, Biden outlined how the federal government was planning to help Michigan better administer the doses already allocated to the state, as well as surge testing capacity and drugs for virus treatment.

Whitmer issued a call for additional COVID-19 vaccine doses from the federal government Friday, along with three voluntary measures from Michiganders:

  • A two-week return to remote learning for high schools.
  • A two-week pause of high school and youth sports.
  • Diners to choose outdoor or takeout options rather than eating inside restaurants.

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