Schumer Says $30 Billion Needed to Distribute COVID Vaccine

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U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks to reporters during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., in November, 2020. (Reuters/Hannah McKay/File Photo)

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.”