Covid-19 Vaccine Distribution Grants Urged as Cases Surge

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York While Gov. Andrew Cuomo is considering how New York State will deploy Covid-19 vaccines with historic deficits, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is pressing the federal for $30 billion to fund those efforts.Schumer believes New York alone will require “hundreds of millions” in funding will be needed to freely distribute the vaccine, educate the public, hire health workers and establish clinics as multiple vaccines are expected to be fast-tracked by the Federal Drug Administration.“With a Covid-19 vaccine waiting in the wings, federal dollars need to follow if we are going to get this right and overcome this pandemic,” Schumer said in a Sunday statement. “States like New York will need funding to make sure the resources required once the vaccine is made available are both in place and in progress. New York will require hundreds-of-millions of dollars to hire health workers, establish clinics, including possible mobile ones, and make sure that we have boots on the ground engaging with people in communities, particularly those that often struggle with access to healthcare — and that is going to cost money.”Cuomo, meanwhile, is more preoccupied by what the state expects to be a winter surge in cases which the administration anticipates will only calm after the holidays are are over, the governor did express some additional concern for distribution of the vaccine.“After New Years Day, look a week or ten days afterward and hopefully the social activity slows at that point and the infection rate starts to level off. And then you get to a vaccine, which is the answer ultimately,” Cuomo said. “You have to have a discussion about how quickly you can distributed it and how quickly, and what’s the critical mass point of the vaccine. But that is months away by every professional estimate.”Within the $2.2 trillion HEROES Act, which passed the House of Representatives in May before being blocked in the U.S. Senate by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, is the funding for cities and states to organize vaccination efforts.According to Schumer, he and President-elect Joe Biden have been in discussions to plan new bills through a lame duck session to provide another stimulus to Americans, something unseen since the CARES Act in March, that would include grants for localities to vaccinate the populace.This story first appeared on amny.comFor more coronavirus coverage, visit longislandpress.com/coronavirusSign up for Long Island Press’ email newsletters here. Sign up for home delivery of Long Island Press here. Sign up for discounts by becoming a Long Island Press community partner here.,Sign up for Long Island Press’ email newsletters here. Sign up for home delivery of Long Island Press here. Sign up for discounts by becoming a Long Island Press community partner here.last_img read more

Illness rules Ishant out of first Test

first_imgINDIA will be without Ishant Sharma for the first the three-Test series against New Zealand in Kanpur, which begins tomorrow, as he recovers from chikungunya.The quick, who has taken 209 wickets in 72 Test matches, needs time to recover after being laid low with the mosquito-borne virus.Ishant’s fitness will be assessed ahead of the second Test at Eden Gardens on September 30, with no replacement selected.Head coach Anil Kumble said: “Ishant Sharma is recovering from chikungunya and will not be available for the first Test match.“We have not asked for any replacement and will choose our first XI from the available 14.“We will be closely monitoring his progress with the doctors, and then we will take a call about his fitness after this Test.”The Black Caps made it to the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 on Indian soil in March and Kumble is wary of their strong spin attack, with Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi among the top wicket takers in that competition.“I watched the two spinners out of the three in the [World T20] where they played a significant role in the progress for New Zealand,” he said.“We know that New Zealand is a very potent team, not just in the spin department but in their all-round abilities as well. They have all three variations: left-arm spinner, off-spinner and a leg-spinner. That’s something that you don’t see in a foreign team.”Furthermore, Kumble does not believe India’s experience of playing in subcontinental conditions provides a significant advantage over touring sides, who are becoming increasingly familiar to them.He added: “The challenges to adapt to these conditions as quickly as possible are the same for the home team as well.“The home team certainly has the advantage of knowing and growing up in these conditions, but for a foreign team, since they travel so much, the conditions are no longer alien.”(Omnisport)last_img read more

AFCON Qualifier: Ghana need a draw against Togo to qualify

first_imgGhana needs a draw against Togo on Wednesday to seal qualification to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals.The Black Stars suffered a painful 1-0 defeat on Saturday to Uganda but Guinea’s 4-1 win against Togo in Lome has thrown the Group wide open.Maxwell Konadu’s side top pool with 8 points; one more than Uganda and Guinea and two more than the Hawks.Ghana will touch down in Accra on Sunday and will move to Tamale, the venue for the match, the next day.The four-time continental champions are seeking 20th appearance in the Nations Cup finals which will be hosted by Equatorial Guinea.Meanwhie, captain Asamoah Gyan is in line to make a shock return from injury in time to play a part in Wednesday’s crucial 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Togo in Tamale. The Al Ain hit man, excluded from caretaker coach Maxwell Konadu’s 23-man squad due to injury, was on the bench as the Black Stars crashed to a 1-0 defeat to Uganda on Saturday afternoon.Gyan has been sidelined for the past three weeks with a thigh injury but has been involved in full-scale training.In Kampala, he was involved in low runs and Konadu refused to rule him out of playing a part in the match but was unused at the Mandela Stadium in Kampala.last_img read more

Ernst signs onto resolution condemning Democrats for handling of impeachment process

first_imgWASHINGTON — Iowa Senator Joni Ernst says she has signed on to a resolution from a fellow Republican which condemns Democrats for failing to follow the proper process in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.“Because what we’re seeing in the House is the fact that Democrats have been so heck bent on making sure they impeach this president that they are just randomly acting through this inquiry process. It’s not open, it’s not transparent, we don’t have access to the information,” Ernst says.Ernst told reporters during her weekly conference call that the Democrats in the House are not following through on anything. “We have got to get our work done. The House needs to focus on getting things done like the USMCA. And impeachment — if they are going to go down that road — they need to make sure that they are following standards that have been set, practices that have been set in the past. And the president is not receiving that same courtesy right now,” Ernst says.Ernst was asked if she defends the president’s actions. “I can’t go down that path right now — because again — I haven’t seen all of the information. And bottom line, we don’t even know what the articles of impeachment are. (House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi has not indicated what they are trying to do other than go after the president,” Ernst says. “So gain, it’s more of a political show over there than actually getting toward an objective.”Ernst says she doesn’t have any information to make any kind of a decision on whether the president’s dealings with the Ukraine were an impeachable offense. “As I read through the transcript of the call, of course I didn’t see an impeachable offense there. We will need to hear from additional witnesses and I’m sure that the House will bring those witnesses forward. They will have to. I mean they will have to when they bring it over to the Senate for a trial,” Ernst says. “So again, I want to make sure that I am evaluating all the information as presented by the House prosecutors — that is under the assumption that they are going to send articles of impeachment over.”Ernst says she will sit as a judge in the Senate if the inquiry moves forward and will make a decision based on the information.last_img read more